After acquiring Deron Williams, the Cleveland Cavaliers will be adding another reliable veteran who can help them defend the title this season. According to the latest report, former Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut commits to signing with the Cavaliers once he clears waivers with the Philadelphia 76ers.
In the past two seasons, Andrew Bogut became part of the ongoing rivalry between the Cavaliers and the Warriors. The 32-year-old Australian center helped the Warriors win the 2015 NBA championship title and established the most regular season win of 73-9 last season. Unfortunately, when Kevin Durant headed to Bay Area, the Warriors dumped Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks.
Bogut failed to make a good impression in his first season with the Mavericks. After suffering multiple injuries, he only played 26 games and averaged 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. Few hours before the trade deadline, the Mavericks included him in a package to acquire Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers.
Since he was traded to the Sixers, there has been a growing belief that he’ll be waived. Despite moving Noel, the Sixers still have Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, together with Tiago Splitter, who’s expected to give guidance on the young team. When the news spread, four teams expressed interests in acquiring the Australian center.
Cavs waiving either DeAndre Liggins or Jordan McRae for Andrew Bogut
These include the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets, and the San Antonio Spurs. Though the Warriors were eligible to reacquire him, both camps showed no intention to have a reunion. Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reported that Andrew Bogut will sign with the Cavaliers if he clears waivers at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
To create a roster spot, the Cavaliers are reportedly planning to waive either Jordan McRae or DeAndre Liggins. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, revealed that Bogut is scheduled to fly to Cleveland this week. He will prepare for a likely debut with the Cavs next week.
“It was a methodical process,” Bauman told Stein. “He wanted to talk to all the teams and he wanted to make sure he understood the role (in each situation). It was a lot closer than Andrew thought going into the process. As of this morning, he wasn’t sure what to do. He had a great talk last night, for example, with (Celtics coach) Brad Stevens. This gives Andrew a chance to get back to the Finals and prove to everyone he’s the defensive player everyone knows he can be.”
Andrew Bogut will undeniably be a huge help for the Cavaliers in defending their title this season. As of now, there is no doubt that the Cavaliers become a better team than they were in the past two seasons.
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