The Utah Jazz are buying out the contract of Kendrick Perkins but there is immediate interest from other teams in a position to contend.
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Kendrick Perkins was one of a number of players moved in the busy trade deadline frenzy on Thursday, but his moving isn’t quite over yet. While he was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, Perkins may still make one more move before he lands on an NBA roster for the rest of the season.
Perkins is being bought out by the Jazz, which means they’ll be saving some serious cap space this offseason and teams contending for a title will have a chance to sign Perkins for their playoff run.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports, the Los Angeles Clippers are interested in Kendrick Perkins. They the interest in Perkins runs through the highest levels of Clippers government, as head coach Doc Rivers is helping with the recruitment of Perkins.
Perkins and the Clippers make sense, and they’ve been mentioned with him almost as soon as he was traded to the Utah Jazz. Los Angeles didn’t make any moves on the trade market but they have an eye for buyout candidates who are hitting the open market right now.
Last year they went in on Glenn ‘Big Baby’ Davis and came away sitting pretty there. They passed on the chance to lock down Amare Stoudemire before the Dallas Mavericks did so but their patience seems to have paid off.
There is no guarantee that the Clippers will land Perkins, as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls stand as competition on the buyout market, but there’s a decent chance he ends up heading west.
Landing with the Clippers almost suits Perkins the best in that he could collide with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the postseason, which would be the ultimate showdown to prove moving whims a mistake.
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