The Cavaliers waived Perkins, 32, after he spent the preseason on the roster. Perkins remains determined that his ability to provide backup center minutes and his reputation as a strong locker room presence and veteran mentor can help him return to an NBA roster.
Perkins had the opportunity to start a coaching career with the Cavaliers, but is determined to return to the league as a player. In a text message on Monday, he told ESPN.com: "I'm serious and I'm committed to this [opportunity]. I will sacrifice to show the NBA."
Perkins wasn't on an NBA roster in 2016-17 but has stayed in shape working on a return to a team. Perkins spent the 2015-16 season with the New Orleans Pelicans. He was the starting center on the Boston Celtics' 2008 NBA championship team, a run with the Celtics that lasted eight years until his trade to Oklahoma City in 2011. Perkins had stops with Cleveland and New Orleans after leaving the Thunder in 2015.