Veteran center Andrew Bogut is coming to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
According to Shams Charania of the Vertical, Bogut has committed to signing with the Cavs and will join the team this weekend. ESPN’s Marc Stein had the report first.
Andrew Bogut has committed to sign with Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2017
Sources: Andrew Bogut strongly considered Houston and Boston, made decision on Cleveland tonight. He's expected to sign this weekend.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2017
Bogut, 32, has played in 26 games with the Dallas Mavericks this season. At the trade deadline, he was dealt to the Philadelphia 76ers in the deal that sent Nerlens Noel to the Mavs. He then negotiated a buyout with Philadelphia and fielded offers from the Cavs, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics.
He has dealt with hamstring and knee issues this season, which is why he has only played in 26 games. He spent the previous four seasons with the Golden State Warriors and faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals, winning one and losing last year’s. Bogut was also the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft after playing two years in college at Utah.
Newly signed Deron Williams, who Bogut played with in Dallas this season, was asked about recruiting Bogut yesterday and said ‘we’ll see’ when asked.
To make room for Bogut, the Cavs will have to cut a player from their roster. The two likeliest candidates to be cut are DeAndre Liggins and Jordan McRae. Both have fallen out of coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation in recent weeks.
Bogut has played with a few Cavaliers before. He spent two years with Richard Jefferson in Golden State and played with Lue on the 2008-09 Milwaukee Bucks. For his career, Bogut has averaged 10 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He was second-team all defense when the Warriors won the title in 2015.
When Bogut is signed this weekend, it’s possible he could play Saturday against the Miami Heat or on Monday against the Heat.