Perkins inks deal with Tel Aviv (Basketball)

August 31, 2009

Anchorage’s Doron Perkins is still chasing his dream of playing in the NBA. In the meantime he’ll fine-tune his game – and get paid – in the Euroleague.

Perkins, one of the most coveted free agents in the Israeli basketball league, has signed a one-year contract with an option year with defending national champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv.

Just weeks ago, Perkins was on the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League roster.

Perkins, 26, played for Maccabi Haifa of Israel last season. The 6-foot-3 do-everything guard averaged 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals to earn first team all-league honors and, eventually, his big payday.

The former standout at Bartlett High School and Santa Clara University came to Israel from Belguim, where he earned the title of King of the Assists and King of the Steals after leading the local league in both categories.

Perkins has also played professionally in Japan and Germany. In 2006, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers in the Southern California Summer Pro League.