Kendrick Perkins is not the Thunder general manager, talking in qualifiers about financial realities.

Kendrick Perkins is a guy who believes in team whole heartedly. He did in Boston and it was hard on him when he was traded. But he's found it again in Oklahoma City.

And he can't see anyone letting that go over a few dollars. Or a few million. Remember that as you read this quote from him, via the twitter of the Thunder beat god Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman:

"We're getting close with James, and we're getting close to keeping our unit together… Once James gets here, it's nothing to be said. He'll see his family and that's all he needs… So once he sees everybody's faces that's enough said."