11:59 a.m. ET: Oklahoma City upgraded at the center spot at the deadline — Kendrick Perkins was loved in the locker room but not much help on the court anymore. Enis Kanter provides a lot more scoring and should balance nicely with Steven Adams (once Adams gets healthy).
Perkins was shipped off to Utah where he will soon be bought out. The Clippers — with Perkins’ old coach Doc Rivers — and Bull had interest.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the strong frontrunners to sign center Kendrick Perkins, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Perkins and the Utah Jazz are proceeding on a contract buyout that could be completed as soon as Saturday, sources said.
Perkins is leaning toward signing a deal with the Cavaliers, but has yet to make a final commitment, sources said.
Timofey Mozgov has become key to the Cavaliers at the five with what he brings on defense. When he sits, David Blatt puts Tristan Thompson in at the five, even though that’s not his traditional position. Perkins could give the Cavaliers a few minutes a game behind Mozgov — but not give them much on the court while out there, this is not 2008 Perkins anymore. That said, he would be a good locker room presence for a team with key players who are not playoff tested.
Andrew Wiggins finishes through slap to face for impressive dunk (VIDEO)
Andrew Wiggins can get up — I want to see that man in the dunk contest next year.
In the middle of the third quarter, the seas parted and Wiggins had a clear path to the basket. He drove, used that insane athleticism to get up fast, and there was nothing any Suns player was going to do to stop him — although Markieff Morris tried with what ended up being a slap to the face.
Wiggins and Ricky Rubio are developing some real chemistry and it got the Timberwolves some easy buckets — including the dagger late — to lift Minnesota to a 111-109 win.
DeMarcus Cousins goes coast-to-coast for monster slam (VIDEO)
Tell me again how DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t going to fit in George Karl’s system.
Cousins always has been almost unstoppable when he gets out and runs (it just wasn’t always easy to get him to do it consistently, it was one of Coach K’s concerns for years with Team USA). He was out and running in the Kings’ win Friday over the Celtics — he grabbed the rebound on this play and was just an unstoppable force going coast-to-coast for the dunk. Jae Crowder wasn’t going to stop him, just end up in the poster.
Karl — and Kings’ fans — hope to see a lot more of that.
Cousins finished with 31 points on 18 shots plus pulled down 15 rebounds. He almost made it a triple-double with nine turnovers, but that can be corrected. Cousins, already an All-Star, could take the next step under Karl. Especially if he gets out and runs.