Cavaliers Sign Andrew Bogut

MARCH 2: The Cavaliers have officially signed Bogut, the team announced today in a press release. Cleveland waived Jordan McRae on Wednesday in order to open up a spot on the roster for Bogut.AndrewBogut vertical

FEBRUARY 28: Andrew Bogut has committed to signing with the Cavaliers, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN and he’s expected to do so this weekend. The center won’t officially clear waivers until 5 PM EST on Wednesday but was released in time to be eligible to play for the Cavs during the postseason.

The Australian big man had strongly considered the Rockets and Celtics, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets, but decided to head to Ohio after toiling away on a lottery-bound Mavs team for the past few month. Of the multitude of suitors hoping to lure the center, Houston was the one that could offer the most money, but Bogut was legitimately impressed with Boston’s pitch. Per Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Bogut and his agent will likely consider the Celtics when the offseason free agency period opens on July 1.

In Cleveland, Bogut has the clearest path to the NBA Finals, where he could possibly clash against his former team. Just last summer, the center was hastily dealt by Golden State to the Mavs in order for the Warriors to free up space to sign Kevin Durant.

In 26 games this season, Bogut has averaged 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game but the biggest benefit the Cavaliers will get from the 32-year-old veteran is his interior defense.

Bogut was recently bought out by the Sixers after being dealt from Dallas to Philadelphia in the Nerlens Noel/Justin Anderson swap. The two parties immediately pursued buyout options.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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67 thoughts on “Cavaliers Sign Andrew Bogut

  1. pthomas24

    Nice

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    • KCelts

      No. Not nice :(

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      • liamsfg

        Not nice at all. Prepare for some animosity.

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      • stephanma8

        oh yes it is.hahaha. we repeating now boys. oh YESSSSSSSS

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        • Brady

          Yesssssssss

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          • I can’t believe Bogut would sign with a team that beat him in the playoffs!!!

            He couldn’t beat them so he joined them !!

            What a coward !!

            Unbelievable this is what’s wrong with the NBA, if you can’t beat them just join the best team !!!.

            He couldn’t beat them so he join them.

            What a loser, coward, good for nothing…..

            Oh wait. How come they’re not saying this stuff now?????

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            • I mean you’re 100% right about that last part, but assuming you’re alluding to Kevin Durant, its two different things. Bogut has been a role player for a couple of years. He might make a difference in a couple of games, but he’s not likely to be the reason why the team he is on is going to win or lose (outside of a last minute offensive/defensive play). Durant, on the other hand, is a guy who can be the reason his team is going to win or lose.

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              • Bogut defense is Elite. The Cavaliers are not going to sign just good players.

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                • Derrick Williams.

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                  • WheelinDealinDodgers

                    Yeah…he said ‘not just good players.’ They’ll sign good players and they’ll sign derrick will

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            • srs0203

              Apparently you missed that part where GSW traded him. They chose to get rid of him and he then joined the Cavs. If he left GSW in free agency to sign with CLE then it’s a different story.
              Quit trying to make a non-story in to a story.

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            • Andrew

              So you think Kevin Durant is a coward too,because he couldn’t beat Warriors (with Thunder ) so join them?

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              • As a warrior fan I’m just repeating exactly what I heard all summer long.

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            • Andrew

              Kevin Durant a coward too then Gary?

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              • WheelinDealinDodgers

                Not a LeBron level coward… more like a Dwight level coward

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            • Clayroc216

              First off this different cuz he not a superstar

              Second he did beat the cavs in the finals in 2015 so it’s not a “if you can’t beat them, join them”

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    • Just to show you how important rings are to NBA players, especially those guys in their thirties. I would have thought a larger role with Celtics would be more appealing.

      Playoffs should be interesting. Let’s hope my Warriors make it to the final and meet the cavs. You never know what injuries can happen between now and then and to what team…. The West is very tough.

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      • REGINALD Scott

        He wants to win

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      • At the end of the day, most players care about getting a ring than making a couple of extra million (when they’ve already made a lot) or playing a couple of extra minutes. David West is the perfect example of this. He took less money and a smaller role to try and chase a championship in San Antonio and now Golden State.

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      • Pihc123

        Surprise Surprise. The injury is to Kevin Durant. Knee injury Karma!

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        • simonsez

          Embiid has also gone down in Philly, after they got rid of Noel and then bought out Bogut. Talk about Karma…

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  2. Just wondering if the Cavs are the favorite yet…. we can sign Jesus and Lebron would still be the underdog

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    • gammaraze

      Remind me of what Jesus’s stats were in college…

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      • Pihc123

        Heavenly

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        • Connorsoxfan

          I don’t know, I mean, Jesus can walk on water, but Moses parted the Red Sea, so you better hope he doesn’t sign with GS.

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  3. LASTSON86

    If you get waived after the trade deadline and join any team especially a contending team, you shouldn’t be eligible for postseason play. Provides an unfair advantage as you get good players for a fraction of the price.

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    • DarkGhost

      Come on let’s not act like these players getting released are even average NBA players. It’s not like jimmy butler or d wade got cut and are going to join the cavs. It’s deron Williams and Andrew bogut.

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      • WheelinDealinDodgers

        The cavs would take bogut over dwade all day at this point

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    • I’m sure you wouldn’t mind it if it was your favorite team…

      And btw, I’m not a Cavs fan so I really don’t mind this acquisition.

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      • LASTSON86

        I would mind. It’s an unfair advantage all the way around. You have former starters like D-Will and a good starting caliber center like Bogut going to a Cleveland team that’s already loaded with talent for a fraction of the normal price. It’s a garbage loophole that NO FRANCHISE should be allowed to exploit

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        • Bogut is not starting caliber anymore. He provides rim protection and that’s about it.

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          • LASTSON86

            He’s still a solid rebounder too man.

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    • Louis Hoggard

      What sense does that make? The player can’t control when their team decides to waive them. In a lot of cases, such as Bogut’s, it was a trade to the 76s that set in motion him being waived as he was included in the deal for salary purposes but clearly made no sense to the 76s to pay him out for the season, especially since they aren;t going anywhere.

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      • This. It’s often times not the player’s fault for getting waived. Is it Omri Casspi’s fault that he got hurt and New Orleans is waiving him? So the league should punish Casspi by not allowing him to sign anywhere for the rest of the year? Or Mike Scott or Jared Sullinger who were thrown into trades to clear cap space (Mike Scott) or to make the trade easier (Sullinger, who either way was going to be waived whether or not he was included in the trade)? I don’t see anyone complaining about Jose Calderon, and now Matt Barnes, reportedly signing with the Warriors after getting waived.

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  4. BostonLife

    So obviously the whole Celtics and bogut thing was blown out of proportion.

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  5. Francisco

    Yes because Warriors will smoke them anyway.

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    • Andrewc62

      Lol

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  6. Andrew

    I told you Celtics fans,he joined the King and his crown!

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  7. Andrew

    U mean the same Warriors who blew a 3-1 lead,those Warriors?

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    • BayAreaSportsFan

      Get over yourself, it’s obvious to everyone outside Ohio that the league gave the cavs the series. The officiating is some of the worst in NBA history. The league “consulted with lebron” before deciding to suspend green, when it was lebron that not only initiated the contact but stepped on top of green and put his junk on greens forhead. Green swings his arm to get 280 lb man and his privates off greens head! The nba is a joke, the league has gone political, and lebron is their hillary.

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      • I’m sure you also believe that Green’s flailing leg kicks are also unintentional and are natural right? It’s always funny to see people claim that the league consults with LeBron to make sure things go his way.

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      • beany_boy

        Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA champions. 2016 Golden State Warriors the biggest chokers in NBA history. And Mr. Mindless troll their ain’t nothing you can do about it.

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      • I’m outside of Ohio and I don’t believe the league gave them the series.

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        • gammaraze

          I’m outside of Ohio and I believe the league gave them the series… just like they gave Jordan those 6 rings and Kobe his 5…

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      • bartoloshomie

        Im in Texas and I disagree, ftr

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      • Gave them the series ??? Yo if you actually believe that put down the pipe cuz. The better team one, and if I’m completely honest they only won the year before because they lost kyrie & love. Golden state fans can be delusional sometimes.

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  8. wellington igunbor

    finally cavs in six book it

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  9. beany_boy

    David Aldridge‏ @daldridgetnt

    Just got a text from Bogut. Asked him, why Cleveland? Answer: “I heard it’s beautiful this time of year.”

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    • Pihc123

      It is. It really is.

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  10. JacksonM_15

    LeBron better thank the front office. He’s always complaining about how he gets no help but he also gets almost every player he ever asks for.

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    • He was complaining because the rotation was short and he was looking for ways to reduce the amount of minutes that him, Kyrie, and Love are playing (which is a lot, I think LeBron is like top 5, top 10 at worst, in the league in MPG). He’s stated that he understands that come playoff time, the rotation shortens and key players are expected to play 35 plus minutes. But the key rotation players aren’t going to be effective for that long in the playoffs when they’re all playing 35 plus minutes a game during the regular season. Plenty of other players do it too, it just doesn’t get the media attention that LeBron’s does. They don’t make it as obvious as LeBron does, but when players are saying they think their bench could use an upgrade or that they’d be open to bringing in some more talent, they’re basically saying what LeBron is saying.

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  11. the dude

    Derrick Williams gone then?

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    • Nah he’s going to stick around for the rest of the season most likely. His defense aside, he gives them another athletic option at the 3 or 4. Cleveland has an open roster spot, so they only need to cut one player. I would think it would either be Liggins or McRae (I think Felder is safe), with McRae probably being the favorite to be cut.

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      • Pihc123

        Yes. McRae can score, but he’s small, thin and can’t play D. Great D League guy and good for blowout time. Liggins. Can at least give a team some good D option off the bench.

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      • MiggyCabby24

        I think Felder gets cut.

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  12. bowserhound

    Because washed up D-Will & Bogut are going to be coming to the rescue. lol

    Lemme guess, you are also waiting for JR Smith to come help?

    BANDWAGON

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    • Connorsoxfan

      What

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  13. ChiCity773

    What a joke Lebron cries for help and he gets this no way should you be allowed to buy out from a team that traded for for you to go help another team your making millions just finish your contract become a FA

    Lebron couldn’t beat GS so he had to get Draymond Suspended now that Barkley was so right

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    • Pihc123

      Love it! Jealous bc Jordan rules are no longer in effect.

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  14. David Simon

    Loopholes in nearly all the major sports. No cap MLB…big markets dominate FA. NFL owners can cut men under contracts, in a short longevity sport. NBA has rules and penalties set, a cap for owners but looks out for its players…best of the bunch. Cavs were gifted solid players but by same rules set for every team. All vets want last shot at a ring…who wouldn’t want to team w LBJ? This mans teams live in the Finals.

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    • bartoloshomie

      Plus Bogut could use some of the animosity of being traded to Dallas against GSW. Looking forward to some exciting games!

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  15. CLEvsWORLD

    cavs in 5

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  16. Weapon X

    Wah, wah,wah, the NBA is unfair, the Officials are paid off, LeBron secretly controls the World, my wife cant cook, I hate my job, my kids are ugly, my dog pees sideways…ect ect, ect Wah, wah, wah

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  17. json-api

    Traitor

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  18. CLEvsWORLD

    came to the comment section for all the panicking warriors fans

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  19. Weapon X

    Wizard fans make-up 99% of all AARP Memberships

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  20. Weapon X

    Warrior Fans Make-up 98% of the people on Hospice Rolls.

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