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NBA Rumors: After Andrew Bogut, Cavs waiving DeAndre Liggins to sign new backup center

Andrew Bogut (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com)

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that Andrew Bogut will be ruled out for the rest of the season because of his fractured left tibia. Aside from Bogut, the Cavaliers also plan to waive DeAndre Liggins to enable them to sign a new backup center.

The arrival of Andrew Bogut strengthened the Cavaliers chance of defending their title this season. His championship experience and knowledge about the Golden State Warriors will undeniably be a huge help in the upcoming postseason. Bogut made his debut on Monday night against the Miami Heat.

Unfortunately, with only 58 seconds playing as a Cavalier, Bogut suffered an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. His injury doesn’t require a surgery but needs an extended period of immobilization and healing stimulation. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, the Cavaliers will waive Bogut on Thursday to create a roster spot for his replacement.

Cavaliers expected to sign another free agent big man

Andrew Bogut plans to return to his homeland, Australia, and spend his rehabilitation with his family. The Cavaliers need to purchase an insurance policy by waiving Bogut. To sign another free agent big man, they also need to waive another player which could possibly be DeAndre Liggins.

“The Cavs could waive an additional player — DeAndre Liggins would be the most likely candidate — to mitigate the cost hit it would require to replace Bogut, the source told ESPN. Bogut cost the Cavs nearly $1 million in salary tax and luxury tax fees. Bringing in another player would cost an additional $1 million. If Liggins was waived and another team picked up the defensive specialist before he cleared waivers, the Cavs would receive some cap relief as Liggins’ new team would be on the hook for his salary for the rest of the season,” McMenamin reported.

The Cavaliers could hold another free-agent workout like they did in mid-season. Larry Sanders emerged as a possible replacement for Andrew Bogut. However, it remains questionable if the Cavaliers are interested in adding him to their team. Sanders left in the NBA in the middle of the 2014-15 season.

His consistent legal troubles off the court remain a major concern for teams who’re interested in signing him. However, if he could regain his rhythm, Sanders will be a good addition for contender teams. He became one of the best shot-blockers in the league and can also defend on the perimeter. If he manages to make a good impression when the Cavaliers hold a workout, it will not be a surprise if he ends up as their backup center.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr.com

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