Kendrick Perkins didn’t play in the NBA in the 2016-17 season, but it looks like he’s trying to get back in shape and find himself a gig for next season.
Perkins is well liked in the Cavaliers locker room after playing an enforcer role for the team during the 2014-15 playoffs, and LeBron James tossed him an invite to his Cavaliers minicamp in Santa Barbara. That’s not where it stops for Perkins though, as cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon is reporting that he’ll come to the Cavaliers official training camp next week.
The Cavaliers roster is absolutely jam packed, with LeBron James, Jae Crowder, Kevin Love, Channing Frye, Ante Zizic and Edy Tavares all currently holding roster spots, so it seems pretty unlikely that Perk will be able to find his way onto the Cavaliers roster.
He hasn’t played for an entire season and was really an end-of-bench guy that you had on the roster for your culture as opposed to a useful, playable body, and unfortunately, at age 32, his time with the game as a player is probably over.
With that said, he’s clearly the kind of guy you want at runs like this and he’s a hugely helpful body to have in at camp. He’s unbelievably tough, and especially for young bigs like Tavares and Zizic, he brings the kind of defensive IQ and mentality they’ll need to find if they want to carve out minutes for a championship contender.