According to European outlet Sportando, the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in bringing over Russian center Sasha Kaun for the 2015-16 season. According to Sportando, Kaun will be leaving his current team, CSKA Moscow, in July and may decide to come over to the NBA.
Kaun, who will turn 30 before the start of the next NBA season, played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks. He spent four seasons at Kansas and won the 2007-2008 national championship with the Jayhawks. After this college career, he was drafted 56th overall by the Seattle Supersonics, who then traded his rights to the Cavaliers for cash considerations. He has been playing with CSKA Moscow since 2008 in his native Russia.
Kaun also has played for the Russian national team under Cavs coach David Blatt and with Cavs center Timofey Mozgov. He was part of the team that won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
It isn't clear what it would cost to bring Kaun over stateside or if this is actually likely to happen. But it makes some sense from Cleveland's perspective. Kaun plays a position of need for the Cavs moving forward, especially if Anderson Varejao's Achilles injury keeps him from being an effective player moving forward.