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Kendrick Perkins is back in professional basketball, but not in the NBA quite yet.

The veteran center is continuing his comeback with the Canton Charge, the Cleveland Cavaliers' G-League affiliate. The 2008 NBA champion hasn't played in the NBA since 2015-16, when he joined the New Orleans Pelicans for 37 games.

Perkins took part in the Cavs' training camp this year on a non-guaranteed deal. However, he was never expected to make the Cleveland's opening night roster, particularly after the acquisition of Dwyane Wade.

It's been over six years since he last wore a Boston Celtics uniform. Since then, he's joined the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cavaliers and Pelicans. Perkins, 32, isn't much of an on-court factor these days. In a league shifting towards versatile and jump-shooting big men, Perkins seems like an anachronism.

However, Perk is worth more than just rotation minutes. Stop me if you've heard this before, but he's a top-notch veteran presence. Seriously, he's renowned as a great teammate. The Cavaliers reportedly believe Perkins could play a dual role as a player and teacher this season, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, and think he looks like he's in similar shape to his early OKC days.

Hopefully, this will work out for Perkins. He joins Emeka Okafor as veteran centers trying to get back into the Association through the G-League. Perhaps the Celtics with their open roster spot would consider either vet for the back of their bench later in the season. Still, even if it isn't with the Celtics, seeing Perkins back in the NBA would be a welcome sight.


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Steven Tydings 10/17/2017 01:58:00 PM Edit
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