Report: Center Kendrick Perkins commits to sign with Cavaliers

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Report: Kendrick Perkins commits to sign with Cavaliers
Saturday February 21st, 2015

Center Kendrick Perkins has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers once his buyout with the Utah Jazz is completed, according to a report from's Royce Young.

The Jazz acquired Perkins as part of the three-team deal that sent point guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and center Enes Kanter to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Perkins also drew heavy interest from several other teams but his decision ultimately came down to Cleveland or the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Young.

From the report:

Perkins was recruited directly by LeBron James to pick the Cavs, according to a source. He also drew heavy interest from the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers,New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. The combination of a chance to win a championship along with an opportunity for playing time pushed Perkins to choose Cleveland.

After making up his mind, Perkins called Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whom Perkins played for in Boston, to inform his old coach of the decision.

Over 51 games this season, Perkins has averaged 4.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per game. The 30-year-old spent the first seven-plus seasons of his career with the Boston Celtics before being traded to the Thunder in February 2011.

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