, Port Arthur, Texas

July 10, 2013

OKC's Kendrick Perkins has knee surgery

The Port Arthur News

OKLAHOMA CITY — According to a report in The Oklahoman, Thunder forward and Beaumont native Kendrick Perkins underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday morning. The surgery went well and Perkins should be able to resume basketball activities in two weeks.

Perkins has spent the past two seasons with Oklahoma City after joining the team following a trade with the Boston Celtics. Perkins played in 78 games last season, averaging 25 minutes per game, 4.2 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game. 

The 28-year old has now undergone three surgeries in the past 12 months. Last July, he had surgery to repair his partially torn groin and then a week later had surgery on his left wrist. 

Perkins played for Beaumont Ozen in high school before being drafted 27th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. Perkins was then traded on draft night to the Boston Celtics, along with Marcus Banks, for Dahntay Jones and Troy Bell. He has played 10 years in NBA and has averaged 6 points and 6.2 rebounds in his career. 

The center still has two years and $17 million left on a four-year contract extension he signed with the Thunder in March 2011.