Veteran center will add some leadership, experience and depth to Cavs…
Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins has revealed that he picked the Cavs over the Los Angeles Clippers because of the draw of playing with LeBron James.
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Perkins completed a contract buy-out with the Utah Jazz after being part of a trade deal which saw him leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, and ultimately he had a choice between joining LeBron or former coach Doc Rivers.
The temperamental center revealed that it was a tough decision, but he feels as though he made the right one for his career as he looks to win another championship this season.
“It was extremely hard,” said Perkins, ESPN reports.
“(Rivers) was real honest with me, he told me, ‘I think your best two situations right now is either us or Cleveland.’ So I was like, Doc? Or I have a chance to go play with The King. Doc? The King? Uh, I choose The King.”
Perkins revealed James’ pitch was simply to make it happen and reunite after teaming up at high school for the Oakland Soldiers AAU squad before several battles in the post-season with their respective teams in the NBA.
Having won a championship with the Celtics back in 2008, Perkins knows what it takes to win and he will hope to bring that winning mentality and experience to his new team with many of their star players lacking playoff experience.
While his leadership and experience will be key, his presence in front-court will also be a huge factor as the Cavs now have the depth required to push on down the final stretch of the regular season as well as the playoffs.