Cleveland Cavaliers players were reportedly unhappy that the front office didn’t bring back veteran center Kendrick Perkins, according to latest NBA Rumors.
On Thursday, Chris Haynes of cleveland.com appeared on the Dan Patrick Show to reveal that many of the Cavaliers players were “highly pissed” that Perkins was allowed to walk in favor of Sasha Kaun. Last July, Perkins signed with New Orleans Pelicans and has appeared in only 15 games this season.
According to Haynes, Cavaliers players felt Perkin brought “the intangibles, the emotional leadership and the enforcer, the enforcement role he brought to the team (last season),” which the team sorely misses this season. Also, the Kaun-Perkins swap didn’t make sense since the Cavs were paying more money, including a higher luxury-tax bill for an unknown commodity.
Kaun, 30, is in his first NBA season after spending six years playing in the Euroleague with CSKA Moscow. “So, he’s (Kaun) collecting about $2 million right now a season and not even playing. Kendrick Perkins would’ve been brought back for the veteran’s minimum,” Haynes said.
“Players – I know for a fact, I talked to them – they were highly ticked off about that, not bringing him (Perkins) back. Because it wasn’t about his numbers. It was about the intangibles, the emotional leadership and the enforcer, the enforcement role he brought to the team,” added Haynes.
Perkins, 31, was an integral member of the Boston Celtics squad that won the 2008 NBA Championship and reached the 2010 NBA Finals. Even though it’s fair to say that the veteran has lost his post moves and athleticism, he could have brought locker room leadership the Cavs are desperate for.
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