Kendrick Perkins

After finalizing a buyout with the Utah Jazz, who had acquired him in a trade with the OKC Thunder this week, center Kendrick Perkins has committed to signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday (Feb. 21).

The 30-year-old was shipped to the Jazz on Thursday Feb. 19), as part of a three-team deal that sent guard Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons and Enes Kanter, Steve Novak, Kyle Singler and D.J. Augustin to the Thunder.

Perkins did not appear in a game for Utah.

According to, the center was recruited directly by LeBron James to join the Cavs. The Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs were all reportedly interested in him, but the shot for a championship, along with an opportunity for playing time influenced his decision to join Cleveland.

James welcomed Perkins to Cleveland via Twitter on Saturday.

Perkins started 225 games for the Thunder after joining the team in 2011 via a trade with the Boston Celtics. He spent his first seven seasons with the Celtics, where he won a championship in 2008.