In 2011, Cleveland used the motto “Cavs for Mavs” to support the Dallas Mavericks against the then hated Miami Heat. Now in 2017, the Cleveland Cavaliers have taken that slogan to a whole new level.
Expected to sign point guard Deron Williams on Monday after he cleared waivers Saturday afternoon following being waived by the Mavericks, the wine and gold is also expected to sign center Andrew Bogut once he reaches a buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers after being traded to the City of Brotherly Love from the Mavs prior to last Thursday’s trade deadline, according to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
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 is expected to be bought out by Philadelphia at some point this week. After he is bought out, he will officially become a free agent and be able to sign with whatever team he may choose. Although he is also coveted by Houston and San Antonio as well as Cleveland, the big man is expected to join the wine and gold. Both he and Williams, who who have played together in Dallas all season, will be tremendous additions (and upgrades) to the Cavs’ bench unit.
So far this season, the 32-year-old is averaging three points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one block in 22.4 minutes per game (26 games). He has missed much of the season due to a knee injury and has only played in one game since January 29. Currently in his 12th season, Bogut has averaged 10 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one block per game. The seven-footer may be dealing with an injury for much of this season, but he can bring a lot to a Cavs team in need of frontcourt depth. While he won’t be counted on to contribute much on the offensive end, Bogut’s biggest contribution to the wine and gold will be his rebounding and ability to protect the paint.
Before being traded to the Mavericks last summer, Bogut spent four seasons in Golden State with the Warriors, taking part in back-to-back Finals as part of the Dubs. While the Cavs may have seen him set plenty of (uncalled, illegal) screens to get Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, and company open shots at times, the center is now on the good side of the matchup.
During the Warriors’ title run in 2014-15, Bogut was named to the NBA-All Defensive second team. While he may be fighting through a knee injury, that was just two years ago and proves just how much he can bring off bench for the Cavs, will giving guys like Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, and Kevin Love (when he is healthy) more rest down the stretch.
So far this season, the Cavs are 20th in defensive rating and 14th in rebounding percentage. Although Bogut will come off the bench and be part of the team’s second unit, he could potentially the spark the team needs to perform better in both areas, while being another big man that eats up minutes.