Tag: Kendrick Perkins

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

Report: Pelicans finalizing contract with Jeff Adrien


Jeff Adrien signed a guaranteed contract with the Rockets last summer, but they still waived him before the regular season.

Joining a team with just 13 players, including Bryce Dejean-Jones, whose contract is just $50,000 guaranteed, Adrien should have a better shot of sticking this year.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a one-year deal to pay the veteran’s minimum to veteran forward-center Jeff Adrien, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Adrien latched on with the Timberwolves last year when they ran into injury trouble, but they cut him before having to guarantee his contract.

I can’t understand why Adrien has such a tough time getting NBA jobs.

He’s an excellent rebounder and good shot-blocker. To be fair, he’s also just 6-foot-7 and devoid of offensive skill. He is what he is: an undersized big man.

But he has played reasonably well the last couple seasons when given opportunities.

The Pelicans shouldn’t expect much more than intangible contributions from Kendrick Perkins. Adrien will serve as the actually productive backup limited big man.

Report: Kendrick Perkins joining Pelicans for one-year minimum deal

Kendrick Perkins

The Pelicans are filling out the end of their bench and bolstering their frontcourt depth around Anthony Davis. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that New Orleans is finalizing a one-year minimum deal with veteran center Kendrick Perkins:

This is strictly a signing for the locker-room presence. Perkins has proven over the last few years that he doesn’t have much left in the tank beyond a few hard fouls, and he has Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca ahead of him in the rotation in New Orleans.

Report: Cavaliers ‘have not abandoned’ pursuit of J.R. Smith

Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

Cavaliers GM David Griffin said the team was open to re-signing J.R. Smith, under the right set of circumstances.

Smith declined his player option for next season, and is an unrestricted free agent. He wasn’t much help during the NBA Finals, where his 24-of-77 shooting over the course of the six-game series played a part in the team’s downfall against the Warriors.

After adding some guard depth in Mo Williams, it was worth wondering if the Cavaliers had moved on from their interest in retaining Smith. But the team is reportedly intent on bringing everyone from last year’s squad back if at all possible.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com:

Sources say Cavs remain intent on signing restricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova

Early indications are Cavs likewise have NOT abandoned JR Smith pursuit. They seem intent on keeping whole band together. And adding to it

The problem for the Cavaliers last season — in addition to the obvious, which were the injuries to Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving that left the team extremely shorthanded — was having “depth” that was incapable of providing anywhere close to a consistent level of production.

Mike Miller, Joe Harris, Brendan Haywood, Kendrick Perkins (and even James Jones to a certain extent) took up valuable spots on the roster, but weren’t trustworthy enough to earn significant playing time, when fatigue was clearly a factor during the championship series.

There are other moves that Cleveland is considering, like bringing in Jamal Crawford in trade from the Clippers. But it appears as though they’d like to bring back the rest of the guys who played heavy minutes in the rotation last season, too, as long as the price is right.

Report: Doc Rivers interested in signing Kendrick Perkins to Clippers

NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

Doc Rivers filled a major hole on the Clippers, signing Paul Pierce.

Rivers, of course, coached Pierce with the Celtics. That didn’t make the signing any better, but it probably helped lure Pierce to Los Angeles (as did L.A. being Pierce’s native city).

Likewise, this wouldn’t be a good signing because Rivers coached Kendrick Perkins. This wouldn’t be a good signing at all.

Arash Markazi of ESPN:

Why stop at Perkins?

Kevin Garnett (who has yet to sign anything officially), Rajon Rondo (who’s talking with the Kings) and Ray Allen are also free agents. Get the whole band back together.

At least a few of those players – all but Perkins – would actually help the Clippers.

Perkins, 30, has struggled the last few years and has declined even within that span. He might have intangible and leadership value.

But the Clippers just lost a playoff series because their short bench caused them to ran out of gas. They still have major depth questions, and that’s the optimistic spin. They can’t afford to use a roster spot on Perkins, who’s so limited on the court.

2015 NBA Finals: No bigs allowed

2015 NBA Finals - Game Five

As David Blatt fought off questions about his use of 7-foot-1 center Timofey Mozgov, Steve Kerr put it succinctly:

“It’s not a series for bigs.”

The Warriors and Cavaliers have combined to give players 6-foot-9 and taller just 12% of the minutes in the 2015 NBA Finals. That’s the lowest mark in the last 44 Finals and second-lowest for years Basketball-Reference.com has minutes data for the Finals (1955, 1957-2015):


And it’s not just one team dragging down the average.

This is the first NBA Finals in the sample where both teams are under 19%. The Cavaliers are at 11% and the Warriors 13%:


Game 5 took small ball to another level.

Mozgov played just nine minutes for the Cavaliers. Kendrick Perkins (6-foot-10) and Brendan Haywood (7-foot) didn’t get off the bench, and of course, neither did the injured Kevin Love (6-foot-10) and Anderson Varejao (6-foot-10).

The Warriors didn’t go big much more often. David Lee (6-foot-9) played nine minutes as a reserve, and Festus Ezeli (6-foot-11) got three. After starting every playoff game and nearly all his regular-season games to this point, Andrew Bogut (7-foot) didn’t play at all. James Michael McAdoo (6-foot-9) and Ognjen Kuzmic (7-foot) got their usual DNPs.

Single-game minutes data in the Finals goes back to only 1982 (though Game 1 in 1984 is missing). But that’s still a 34-year span.

In Game 5, Cleveland and Golden State posted the No. 1 and No. 2 lowest percentage of minutes given to players 6-foot-9 and taller. In fact, the 2015 Finals has produced the seven lowest scores in the sample:


Going small is a weapon Golden State and Cleveland have deployed this season. They’re both comfortable playing this way.

The Warriors kicked up a notch by starting Game 4 small, and the Cavaliers responded in Game 5 by going small more often. It resulted in a loss, but Blatt sounds as if he might stick with the strategy.

Will anything stop this arms race toward tininess?