Report: LeBron Convinced Kendrick Perkins To Join Cavs

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People question the clout LeBron James carries around the league, but if the Cavs do indeed land Kendrick Perkins, then all questions should be answered.

After being traded from OKC to the Jazz, Kendrick Perkins had a few options. He may not be the same player — but his toughness and leadership can never be questioned.

Perkins is heading to Ohio thanks to a call from the King himself reports Royce Young.

Perkins was recruited directly by LeBron James to pick the Cavs, according to a source. He also drew heavy interest from the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs. The combination of a chance to win a championship along with an opportunity for playing time pushed Perkins to choose Cleveland.

After making up his mind, Perkins called Clippers coach Doc Rivers, whom Perkins played for in Boston, to inform his old coach of the decision.

The 30-year-old center started 225 games (273 total appearances) for the Thunder after joining the team in 2011 in a traded with the Boston Celtics. A 12-year veteran, Perkins spent his first seven seasons with the Celtics, winning a championship in 2008.