Center Andrew Bogut has informed other interested teams that he will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers once he clears waivers.
Bogut’s contract was bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday after being traded there by Dallas on February 23.
Now he hasn’t officially cleared waivers but through his agent, Bogut can make it clear to other teams he wants to play for Cleveland and they will not proceed to make a waiver claim.
The Cavaliers will likely waive guard Jordan McRae to open a roster spot for Bogut. McRae has appeared in 44 games and is averaging 4.4 points per game.
Cleveland’s lack of a rim protector has been significant. Chris Andersen seen limited action before tearing his ACL in mid-December and Channing Frye isn’t very good on the defensive end despite being a seven footer. Tristan Thompson can only do so much and it was adamant that the Cavs find another defensive big for the playoff push.
They worked out Larry Sanders last week and I believe would’ve signed him to the roster if Bogut hadn’t chosen to come to Cleveland.
Bogut is an 11 year veteran of the NBA and was the number one overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. His career averages are 10 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
With Dallas this season, he played in 26 games (21 starts) and averaged 22.4 minutes, 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per game and has been bothered with leg injuries throughout the season.
I’d expect him to potentially start for the Cavaliers at the center position, sliding Tristan Thompson to his natural power forward position. I don’t expect a major amount of minutes played per game, keep him at 20-25 minutes per contest like he was playing in Dallas.
Once Kevin Love returns, Bogut would likely come off the bench as the backup center and fourth big behind Love, Thompson and Frye. His defensive prowess will help us against some Eastern Conference bigs in the postseason such as Boston’s Al Horford and Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas.
He also has a history with the Golden State Warriors as he spent four seasons there and helped win them an NBA championship in 2015 against the Cavaliers. Much like when Golden State signed former Cavalier Anderson Varejao, Bogut could help in game plans against Golden State if the teams end up facing off again in the NBA Finals.
Looking at the Cavs starting lineup and the bench once everyone returns and is healthy and you can make a case that the team is the deepest it’s been since Lebron James’ return in 2014
- PG-Kyrie Irving
- SG-JR Smith
- SF-Lebron James
- PF-Kevin Love
- C-Tristan Thompson
- PG-Deron Williams
- SG-Kyle Korver
- SF-Iman Shumpert
- PF-Channing Frye
- C-Andrew Bogut
- Derrick Williams
- Richard Jefferson
After the acquisitions of both Williams’ and Bogut, you can make the argument that the Cleveland Cavaliers are now the favorite to win the NBA Championship over the Golden State Warriors.