The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced by the club or Perkins' representatives. The agreement was first reported by ESPN.
The 6-foot-10 Perkins has spent 12 seasons in the NBA, the first seven in Boston, a stint that included an NBA championship in 2008.
Perkins holds career averages of 5.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks.
In New Orleans, Perkins is expected to take on a reserve role behind 7-foot starter Omer Asik.