I bet Kendrick Perkins is feeling a little embarassed today after the Cleveland Cavaliers most recent move.
The 6’10 center, who played for the Cavs in 2015, recently posted on Instagram he’d be returning to Cleveland’s roster after the bevy of moves the Cavs made at the deadline, leaving two roster spots open that needed to be filled.
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) February 8, 2018
Perkins had been playing for the Cavaliers’ G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, in hopes of returning to the team later on this season to provide the squad with a veteran presence in the locker room.
Only a few minutes later however, Perkins had removed the Instagram post, indicating the signing may not have been made official as of yet.
The Cavs only had two weeks after that insane trade deadline to fill at least one of the two roster spots, per league rules, so Kendrick was considered to be the leading candidate heading into February 21st due to the deleted Instagram post, as well as his prior role with the team.
Well, all that went out the window yesterday when the Cavs decided to give Perkins’ G-League teammate, Marcus Thornton, a 10-day contract.
Marcus Thornton will have a 10-Day amount of $46,080 but count towards the luxury tax at $83,129. The 10-Day amount will cost the Cavaliers an additional $353K in luxury tax costs. Cleveland now has a tax bill of $50.3M.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 22, 2018
According to reports, a Perkins return was 99.9% done before the Cavs seemingly changed their minds.
The Cavaliers initially targeted Kendrick Perkins to fill this spot — to the point Perk posted an "I'm back" picture on Instagram on Feb. 8 before deleting it – but the Cavs decided they needed more than locker-room presence https://t.co/jBvF35Yrtx
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 22, 2018
Oh well Kendrick, better luck next year.