Sasha Kaun is officially a Cleveland Cavalier.
In a press release, the Cavs announced that Kaun, a 30-year-old Russian center, had signed a deal but the terms were not disclosed per NBA and team policy. Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer, however, reported over the weekend that Kaun's deal with the Cavs would be for two-years and he'll make $1.2 million in the first year of the deal.
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Kaun has spent the last six years with CSKA Moscow, one of the best teams outside of the NBA. In 30 games with Moscow last season, Kaun averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooing 69.1 percent from the field. For his career, Kaun made over 70 percent of his field goals and he helped Moscow win five league titles in the past six years. Kaun also played for the Russian National Team - and Cavs coach David Blatt - at the 2012 Olympics. The Russians won the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
With the Cavs, Kaun figures to the fifth big and play sparingly at center behind Timofey Mozgov, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Vaejao. But if Varejao misses extended time again, Kaun may be an important piece for the Cavs. He is also a clear upgrade over the likes of Brendan Haywood and Kendrick Perkins, who were the Cavs' extra bigs last season.