May 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) walks off the court after the game against the San Antonio Spurs in game two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. The Spurs won 112-77. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami Heat Targeting Kendrick Perkins

The Miami Heat are interested in acquiring Oklahoma City Thunder center/trash can Kendrick Perkins, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard.

I’m also told that Pat Riley intends to make a run at Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins, who has one year left on his contract.

Perkins has been the butt of a bad joke for about three seasons now, but Pat Riley has a thing for big men. Perkins, who is set to make $9.4 million next season, averaged 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game last season.

This is the summer of appeasing LeBron James, who opted out Tuesday and will become a free agent. LeBron played with Perkins on his AAU squad in Oakland in

2001.

With its best post defender being Udonis Haslem, Greg Oden not panning out and Chris Andersen expected to opt out, the Heat will bolster the center position this offseason. Still, you would imagine they could do better than Perkins.

 

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