Cleveland Cavaliers Add Kendrick Perkins to Training Camp Roster

Paola Ditto
Settembre 22, 2017

Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green and Ante Zizic (sort of) won't be the only former Boston Celtics at the Cleveland Cavaliers training camp next week.

The Cleveland Cavaliers may have found the enforcer that the team has been so desperately lacking, as it was reported by Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com that big man Kendrick Perkins was at LeBron James' minicamp in Santa Barbara, Calif. and will come to the team's training camp next week.

Perkins, 6-foot-11, last played for the New Orleans Pelicans during their 2015-16 campaign, where he averaged 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 37 appearances.

The veteran center said in July that he is not retired and wants to make an National Basketball Association return.

"I've been keeping my weight down, making sure I'm getting all the cardio I need, staying in great shape", Perkins said, per Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. "I'm just going to do what I can". I've just changed my diet, working on my quickness, and just trying to get better.

Perkins previously played for the Cavs during the 2014-15 season. Cleveland already has 15 players under guaranteed contract and is $18.6 million over the league's luxury tax line - which means it would cost the team millions to cut someone else and give a roster spot to Perkins. But if Perk winds up impressing during camp, it's possible another team will give him a shot.

The Cavs now have 19 of their 20 roster spots filled for camp.

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