Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins

The Cavaliers have waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). Perkins will clear waivers and become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday, assuming he goes unclaimed.

Perkins, who had been out of the NBA since the 2015/16 season, caught on with the Cavs at the end of the season, signing with the club before the playoffs got underway. The 33-year-old big man played 15 minutes in Cleveland’s regular-season finale, but didn’t see any action during the postseason, though he was involved in a couple sideline incidents involving Drake and Draymond Green.

Perkins’ contract with the Cavs included a team option for the 2018/19 campaign, which Cleveland exercised last month. That option decision didn’t guarantee Perkins’ salary for the coming season though, so the club won’t be on the hook for his $2.45MM salary and cap charge.

The move won’t open up any extra cap room for the Cavs, but it will create a little extra flexibility below the luxury tax line. That will give the team more options as it weighs re-signing Rodney Hood and/or using the mid-level exception.

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14 thoughts on “Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins

  1. imindless
    imindless

    Please go away now perkins. You were never more than a body but always acted like you were the reason why your teams won.

    • knickscavsfan

      Well if the Cavs brought him back on more than one occasion, knowing he wasn’t going to contribute much on the floor, then obviously HE provided something in the locker room which the Cavs valued. #stopthehate

  2. cesc

    His best years were at Boston, & he wasn’t any good then, only defence not offence, man was, is & will be of no use.

    • driftcat28

      I firmly believe the Celtics lost the 2010 finals because Perk was injured for game 7. If Perkins plays the Celtics beat the Lakers

  3. Meadowlark

    A wonderfully dirty playing, villainous woofer. The league will miss his antics.

    • paladin

      The NFL might but the Association won’t miss him at all. Mr. Nasty Face

  4. ohioplayers

    Does this mean that the Cavs won’t be making any notable trades?

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