Battle-Tested Kendrick Perkins Brings Toughness, Experience to Cavs Locker Room

February 21st, 2015 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Slowly but surely, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been working their way through their championship checklist. Battle-scarred veteran Kendrick Perkins might be the final piece of that puzzle.

The Cavs already filled their star quota with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Timofey Mozgov brought a badly needed interior presence, J.R. Smith delivered a missing catch-and-shoot stroke and Iman Shumpert helped plug the leaks on their defensive perimeter.

On the court, Cleveland appeared to have strengthened itself as much as it could. But question marks remained in the intangibles department for a team light on both playoff experience and nastiness.

The 30-year-old Perkins is equipped to scratch each of those itches.

After finalizing his buyout from the Utah Jazz, Perkins committed to signing with Cleveland on Saturday, as's Royce Young first reported. Shortly after that announcement, Perkins hit Twitter to discuss the move himself:

James also chimed in on Cleveland's newest addition:

On the surface, this doesn't come off as a major-impact acquisition. ...

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