According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Cleveland Cavaliers could soon fill their open roster spot. Kendrick Perkins, the former Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder center who is nearing a buyout with the Utah Jazz, is reportedly leaning towards signing with the Cavs after he completes his buyout. Perkins was traded to the Jazz as part of a multi-team trade on Thursday.
Perkins, who is averaging four points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season, is in his 13th NBA season.
For the Cavs, the move would make some sense. They want a player who does basically what Mozgov does: Be Tall, and near the rim. Perkins doesn't provide the extra perks (ha!) that you get with Mozgov as far as athleticism and shooting go, but he is a functional backup center. They could do far worse. Never popular with the fans, it's worth mentioning that Perkins has been revered by coaches and teammates alike in both Oklahoma City and Boston for his work ethic and leadership. His surly attitude on the court also could provide a dimension the Cavs have somewhat lacked since Ben Wallace was in town.
We will have more as this story develops.
According to Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Perkins has narrowed his choices down to the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. He is expected to make his decision on Sunday.