According to The Vertical and ESPN, veteran center Andrew Bogut will join the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Bogut, who had his contract bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers after a trade from Dallas, joins Deron Williams as the second high-profile veteran to join the defending World Champions this week.
Shams Charania of the Vertical and Marc Stein of ESPN both reported the news of the 32-year-old Australian coming to the Cavs.
Andrew Bogut has committed to sign with Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 1, 2017
Bogut began notifying other teams tonight that the Australian intends to sign with the Cavs when he clears waivers, league sources say— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 1, 2017
Bogut is averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games played this season. His career average is nearly a double-double per game with 10.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, plus 1.6 blocked shots.
His ability to protect the rim is something the Cavaliers have lacked since Timofey Mozgov left for the Lakers in free agency after the 2015-16 season.
Cavs fans remember Bogut playing for the Golden State Warriors in each of the past two NBA Finals matchups. His knee injury in Game 4 of the 2016 Finals was one of the turning points in the series. But he became expendable for Golden State in their quest to free up cap space to sign free agent Kevin Durant in the offseason. Bogut and Harrison Barnes were both dealt to Dallas, Bogut then was moved to Philadelphia as part of the Nerlens Noel deal at the trade deadline.
According to Charania, Bogut will officially sign with the Wine and Gold sometime this weekend and make his Cavs debut Monday in Miami.