Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins will sign a deal with the Cavaliers. (Gary McCullough/Associated Press)

The Cleveland Cavaliers are signing veteran center Kendrick Perkins to fill their final roster spot, according to an report.

Following comes from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin:

Cleveland will sign Perkins on Wednesday, the final day of the regular season, just as it did in 2016 when guard Dahntay Jones was added, and in 2017 when both Jones and center Edy Tavares were added for the Cavs’ playoff run.

The Cavs are adding Perkins more for the veteran leadership he can provide to the Cavs’ locker room, and less for his on-court contributions, league sources told ESPN.

Perkins, 33, has spent 13 years in the league with four different teams: Boston (2003-‘11), Oklahoma City (2011-‘15), Cleveland (2015) and New Orleans (2015-‘16). He won an NBA championship with the Celtics during the 2007-‘08 season.

Perkins spent time with the Cavaliers back in 2015, signing a contract in February and later joining the Pelicans that summer. He last played in the NBA in April of 2016 with New Orleans.

The Cavaliers are seeking their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance, with the team currently holding the No. 4 seed and a 50-31 record.

Teams are required to submit their postseason rosters by Friday, April 13 at 3:00 p.m. ET. The Playoffs begin on Saturday, April 15.


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