After a few days of waiting, Cleveland Cavaliers fans will be happy to know that the team has officially signed Andrew Bogut. David Griffin, Cavs General Manager, announced the news this afternoon from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
OFFICIAL: Welcome to The Land, @andrewbogut!
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) March 2, 2017
#Cavs make it official, ink Andrew Bogut; in 12 seasons (670 gms (58 playoff) avg'd 10.0pts, 8.9reb, 2.3asst & 1.6blk with MIL, GSW & DAL.
— Joe Gabriele (@CavsJoeG) March 2, 2017
Bogut, who was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers just before this year’s trade deadline, was waived earlier this week. After weighing his options, Bogut committed to Cleveland. The 12-year NBA veteran carries career averages of 10.0 points (53% shooting from the field), 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks in 29.1 minutes through 670 games played in the NBA (651 starts).
Bogut, 32, is a former NBA champion (2015 with the Golden State Warriors) and number one overall selection in the 2005 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. The Australian-born big man is one of nine active players in the association with 1,000 career blocked shots (1,070).
Adding Bogut, a player with four years of playoff experience, should have a major impact on Cleveland’s front-court rotation. He’ll likely come off the bench for Tristan Thompson, however, Cavs Head Coach Tyronn Lue could elect to utilize them together in two-big sets during certain scenarios. Bogut, who has excellent court vision for a seven-footer, will bring defensive presence at the rim and set hard screens for his teammates.
According to the Cavs’ official press release, Bogut will wear jersey number six. Let’s give Andrew a warm welcome to Northeast Ohio, Cavs Nation!