Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors
Kendrick Perkins joined the Cavaliers at LeBron James’ minicamp in Santa Barbara, Calif., and will come to training camp next week, sources told cleveland.com. Perkins, 32, played for the Cavs in 2014-15 and was out of the NBA last season. He’s interested in an NBA comeback and is apparently in great shape, judging by the team photo shared by multiple Cavs on their various social media platforms.
Perkins, a 13-year vet who averaged 5.4 points and 5.8 boards for his career, is not eligible for Cleveland’s remaining “two-way” contract. Those are new to the NBA this year and are meant for players who will spend time in both the developmental, minor “G” League and the NBA. Players with more than three years of NBA service can’t sign a two-way contract. The Cavs have now filled 19 of 20 spots for camp invitees. Perkins signed as a free agent with Cleveland in 2015, and filled the fabled “enforcer” role on the Cavs’ bench.
As much as he disliked the environment tailored to LeBron’s ball-halting, body-stagnating style — which Irving was encouraged by Tyronn Lue to clone in order to exploit his fabulous finishing touch, and make the Cavs twice as dangerous — he resisted crabbing about it, and waited wearily for the least unfavorable time to ask out. Did Kyrie resent LeBron having the Cavaliers’ comprehensive catering service on demand 24-7? Yes. That’s what I was told.
At the same time, Kyrie did not mind being one of LeBron’s caterers. It was the near-exclusivity that disturbed him, being unable to cater correctly to the other three players on the floor because LeBron handled at least half the time, and Kyrie was expected to penetrate and kick out to James many other times.
Two months after Green’s surgery, then-Boston teammate Chris Wilcox needed the same procedure for the same heart ailment. Svensson performed both. Recalling Green’s condition at the time — Svensson said he’s treated five NBA players — the heart specialist said “when I saw his aorta and opening him up and saw how thin it was and it was translucent, my heart sort of skipped a beat. “Thank goodness we were able to operate on him before something serious happened,” Svensson said. “I have no doubt things would’ve progressed rapidly with really serious consequences if he hadn’t had surgery.”