According to a report from ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, two sources within the Dallas Mavericks organization expected veteran center to end up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut is currently securing a buyout from Philadelphia 76ers. He was traded to Philadelphia at the deadline when the Mavericks acquired Nerlens Noel from Philadelphia.
Two Mavs sources say they expect Andrew Bogut will choose to join the Cavaliers once he receives a buyout from the 76ers.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) February 26, 2017
Bogut, 32, has played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Golden State Warriors and Mavericks during his 11 year career. He and Cavs forward Richard Jefferson were teammates on the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Warriors. Bogut also played with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue on the 2008-09 Bucks.
Bogut won a title with the Warriors during the 2014-15 season and was on the Golden State tam that blew a 3-1 lead in last year’s finals. He was jettisoned from the Warriors this summer when the Dubs signed Kevin Durant.
This year in Dallas, he’s averaged 3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games played. In December, he missed 11 games due to a right knee injury and later missed six more due to a hamstring strain. Overall, he hasn’t quite been the same player he was with the Warriors over the past few years. But with the Cavs, who are down Kevin Love up front, he’d provide needed depth at the very least.
Signing Bogut would signal that the Cavs are choosing him over Larry Sanders. who the team worked out last week. Sanders hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, but Cavs coach Tyronn Lue sung his praises after the workout. And in order to make room for Bogut, could have to cut a player. They could elect to let Derrick Williams go after this current 10-day deal ends, but he’s been a fixture of the rotation lately. Jordan McRae and and DeAndre Liggins would the two likeliest players to be cut.
At this time, it’s unclear when Bogut will complete his buyout.