According to ESPN's Royce Young, center Kendrick Perkins will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers once his buyout with the Utah Jazz is completed. Young's report with subsequently confirmed by Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.
Kendrick Perkins will sign with the Cavaliers once he finalizes a buyout with the Jazz, according to a source: http://t.co/AAVW462kFG— Royce Young (@royceyoung) February 21, 2015
Can confirm @royceyoung report. Center Kendrick Perkins will sign with #Cavs, source tells @Clevelanddotcom.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 21, 2015
Young later reported that Perkins had completed his buyout with the Jazz and would be able to sign with the Cavaliers on Monday. Perkins was traded to the Jazz on Thursday as part of a three-team deal that netted Perkins' old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Enes Kanter. Perkins has played for the Thunder and the Boston Celtics in his NBA career. He picked the Cavs over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers are coached by Doc Rivers, who coached Perkins in Boston.
Perkins, who lost his starting job to Steven Adams in Oklahoma City, is averaging four points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season. With the Cavs, he will backup Timofey Mozgov and at center and give the Cavaliers depth in the frontcourt that has been lacking for much of the season.
If Perkins is signed on Monday, it is possible he could debut Tuesday when the Cavs take on the Detroit Pistons.