The Cavaliers were considered the frontrunners to land soon-to-available center Andrew Bogut, and it appears that was more than just a theory.
Bogut does indeed intend to sign with the defending champions upon clearing waivers, according to multiple reports.
A league source confirmed those reports with Amico Hoops on Tuesday night. Bogut is expected to officially sign this weekend, the source said. He will be eligible for the playoff roster.
The Cavs need to clear a roster spot to make room for Bogut. Speculation has been that the player will be shooting guard Jordan McRae, though that has not been confirmed.
The Cavs could potentially waive a player Wednesday so the player can sign with another team and be eligible for a playoff roster, according to Cleveland.com.
Bogut, 32, spent the previous four seasons with Golden State before being traded to Dallas in the offseason. The Mavericks shipped Bogut to Philadelphia last week, and the 76ers waived the 7-foot Australian on Monday.
He will become the second veteran free agent who started the year with the Mavericks to sign with the Cavs in a less than a week — joining point guard Deron Williams.
Williams told Cleveland reporters Monday he had been in contact with Bogut about potentially joining the Cavs after clearing waivers. Bogut was also said to be considering Boston, Houston and San Antonio.
He averaged 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds in 26 games with the Mavericks.
After signing Bogut, Cavs general manager David Griffin will have landed a former No. 1 overall draft pick (Bogut in 2005), a former No. 2 overall (Derrick Williams in 2011) and former No. 3 overall (Deron Williams in 2005) without having to make a trade.
The Cavs (41-17) return to action Wednesday at Boston.
Yahoo Sports reported Bogut will be available for Monday’s home game vs. Miami.
Signing Andrew Bogut = Cavaliers Championship pic.twitter.com/FWKtSMV6L7
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) February 28, 2017