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Former Celtics Center Perkins Takes Buyout From Utah, Set to Join LeBron in Cleveland


Former Celtics center Kendrick Perkins had his contract bought out by the Utah Jazz on Saturday and will soon sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Perkins was sent to Utah from Oklahoma City in one of the flurry of deals that came right at Thursday’s trade deadline. The deal sent former Boston College star guard Reggie Jackson from the Thunder to Detroit as well as Jazz center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak and Pistons forward Kyle Singler and guard D.J. Augustin to Oklahoma City.

Wojnarowski reports that Perkins’ agent Arn Tellem confirmed the news and that Perkins will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers on Monday at 5:00 p.m. EST. ESPN.com’s Royce Young reports that Perkins, who won a championship with the Celtics in 2008 and was traded to Oklahoma for Jeff Green at 2011’s deadline, was recruited to come to Cleveland by LeBron James and drew interest from Chicago, New Orleans, San Antonio and the L.A. Clippers, where he would have been reunited with former Celtics coach Doc Rivers.

Perkins is averaging 4.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for Oklahoma City this season. He sent the following tweet on Saturday in response to a message James tweeted out earlier.

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