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February 21, 2015 Updates

After completing a contract buyout with the Utah Jazz, center Kendrick Perkins plans to sign a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent Arn Tellem told Yahoo Sports on Saturday. Perkins' reps and the Jazz reached agreement on the buyout on Saturday afternoon, and Perkins can sign with the Cavaliers once he clears waivers on Monday at 5 p.m. EST. Yahoo! Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the strong frontrunners to sign center Kendrick Perkins, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Perkins and the Utah Jazz are proceeding on a contract buyout that could be completed as soon as Saturday, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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February 20, 2015 Updates

While many prognosticators pegged the Bulls and Cavaliers to meet in the Eastern Conference finals, that may not be their only competition. Both teams will aggressively pursue center Kendrick Perkins when his buyout from the Jazz becomes official, a league source said. In fact, a separate league source said while Clippers coach and basketball operations head Doc Rivers will reach out to the center who started on Rivers' champion Celtics team, Perkins is leaning towards signing with the Bulls or Cavaliers. Chicago Tribune

Coincidentally, Perkins and Noah have a history stemming from a December 2013 regular-season game. Perkins took exception to Noah entering the Thunder's locker room to visit ex-teammate Thabo Sefolosha following a game. Perkins used profanity in telling Noah to leave. A source close to Perkins laughed off the incident, saying the two passionate, no-nonsense players would get along well as teammates. Chicago Tribune

Perkins spent the last four-plus seasons with the Thunder after being acquired at the 2011 trade deadline from the Celtics in a deal that sent Jeff Green to Boston. He started 225 games for the Thunder (appeared in 273) and became a fixture in their locker room as a vocal veteran leader. "I talked to him as soon as it went down," Durant said. "Obviously it was emotional for us, because we're so attached to Perk, and he brought such a different swagger to our team. It's tough to see him go, but everybody understands, he understood the nature of the beast, and we understand, so it was tough losing him." ESPN.com

February 19, 2015 Updates

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