Kendrick Perkins Expected To Rejoin Cavs

4:47pm: Despite Perkins’ enthusiastic tweet, he hasn’t officially signed with the Cavs yet, according to Joe Vardon of, who tweets that the team may let the dust settle and head into the All-Star break before filling their open roster spots.

4:32pm: There has been no official announcement yet from the Cavaliers, but Perkins has published a tweet announcing, “I’m back!” with a #Cavs hashtag, suggesting that he’s claiming one of the team’s open roster spots.

2:55pm: The Cavaliers may sign veteran center Kendrick Perkins to fill one of their newly open roster spots, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. He adds that Cleveland’s front office values Perkins’ strong leadership and believes it will be needed to bring the team together after today’s roster shakeup (Twitter link).

Perkins had been with the Cavs’ G League affiliate in Canton, but recently left the team in anticipation of an NBA opportunity. The 33-year-old showed he can still play, averaging 8.7 points and 7.2 rebounds in 27 games with the Charge and logging about 21 minutes per night.
His last appearance in the NBA came in the 2015/16 season, when he played 37 games for the Pelicans. He is no stranger to Cleveland, appearing in 17 games for the Cavs at the end of the 2014/15 season.
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28 thoughts on “Kendrick Perkins Expected To Rejoin Cavs

  1. IBFarr

    Cavs should wait and try to sign Joe Johnson. I don’t know if it is possible with all the salaries they have, but I don’t see how it could hurt them.

  2. Thomas Swanson

    For 2018-19:
    Rodney Hood will be a free agent. Gilbert wants to buy out George Hill. With Clarkson and Nance Jr. the Cavs payroll would be $83,368,741. Add in $60 million for LeBron and Hill, you have $143,368,741. LeBron would be asking for another superteam player to stay, and that’s if they don’t trade Love. The luxury tax is $119 million.
    For Johnson the Cavs now have Hood, Smith, Korver, and Clarkson at shooting guard. That’s $52 million right there.

      • Thomas Swanson

        I looked up NBA Basketball Reference for the entire NBA. It showed on the Utah Jazz this was his last year. Look it up. Doesn’t matter. If Lebron wants to stay, they’ll be over the luxury tax. Gilbert will cut payroll. Have you been reading the Cleveland Plain Dealer the last week? Pluto and Vardon explained all of this.

        • Thomas Swanson

          I looked it up again on
          Hood makes $2.3 million this year and this is the last year of his contract.

          • Solo Beard

            They need to keep hood at all costs. To good and to young to let him walk

            • Thomas Swanson

              They need to get rid of J.R. Does it scare you without Love, they have a frontline of LeBron, green, T.T., and Nance jr. and that’s it?

              • Solo Beard

                I like this new team a lot more. With love out for a while it gives the new guys more playing time and a chance to get use to playing with LeBron.

        • ohiodevil

          Hood will be a Restricted Free Agent, the Cavs can match any offers he may get.

            • moazetongue

              They’ve been paying tax. Gilbert has paid more tax than any owner in the history of the nba. He doesn’t care.

  3. After trading Frye, they need a veteran presence who will keep everyone accountable, including LeBron. Perkins seems like a good fit for that.

      • ohiodevil

        Perkins was playing on the Cavs G-League team. He was not cut, he “retired” so him leaving does not count toward a roster move since G-League teams can only make 14 of them a season. And this was the plan all along, he would stay until the trade deadline and then try and catch on with another team…the Cavs plan to sign him after the All Star Break unless they can get two better players, but odds are he will be with them after the break.

        • Thomas Swanson

          I just read this week he was looking into going to China. He couldn’t help the Cavs anyway.

          • ohiodevil

            He wouldn’t play much, would be that locker room voice that keeps people in line…..and to come in when someone needs to receive a hard foul. And every article that’s out says he’s looking for an NBA job

    • moazetongue

      Perkins is NOT playing for the cavs. Don’t believe everything you read on the web.

  4. Thomas Swanson

    Since Love won’t be back until 2 weeks before playoff, the Cavs frontline will be LeBron, Tristan, and Larry Nance jr. Ouch!

  5. Z-A

    Got the Uber from McDonald’s, 3050 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44115, only an 8 minute ride.

  6. Kenleyfornia74

    He hasn’t played an NBA game in almost 2 years. Dont see why the Cavs would want him

    • Djones246890

      Read the article. They want him mainly for his strong locker room presence, and leadership skills. This team basically needs a likable drill sergeant that can keep everyone in line.

  7. bennyg

    Be better off with Bogut. Has some mongrel about him and wont take shit in the locker rooms.
    Cavs should give him another chance, wasn’t his fault he snapped his leg after a minute in the court

  8. If true, they’d use him for the goon role. Although I don’t know why they didn’t wait until the last week of the season to do this. Much like they did with Dahntay Jones the last two seasons.

  9. Perkins just took it down. Vardon from Cleveland PD said the Cavs did NOT sign him.

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