Sources: Bulls, Cavs frontrunners for Kendrick Perkins when buyout is completed

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The Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers are frontrunners to sign center Kendrick Perkins once his contract buyout is completed, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Los Angeles Clippers have also registered interest with Perkins too, sources said.

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While Perkins has an interest in joining the Dallas Mavericks, owner Mark Cuban says his team has no intention of signing the 12-year NBA veteran to a deal.

Oklahoma City traded Perkins, 30, to the Utah Jazz as part of a package that sent Enes Kanter to the Thunder on Thursday. The Jazz plan to work with Perkins’ representatives at Wasserman Media Group to come to a buyout agreement on the $7.1 million on the final year of his deal.

Perkins has a history with Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau and Clippers coach Doc Rivers from their time together in Boston, where Perkins played eight seasons. Perkins’ talents have diminished in the past few years, but his toughness and leadership still make him a valued presence in contending locker rooms.

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