Just when you thought the Cavaliers may be finished adding veteran help this season, along comes a report on center Andrew Bogut.
You know, the same Bogut who went down with a knee injury in last season’s NBA Finals, when his Golden State Warriors owned a 3-1 lead over the Cavaliers?
Bogut was the Warriors’ rim protector, and he never returned. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, the Warriors didn’t win again.
Could Bogut, 32, become the Cavs’ second big free-agent pickup (after Deron Williams) this week? It’s sounding like the answer may be yes.
Here’s the latest news, views, rumors and moves from around pro hoops:
Per ESPN: “Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, and the Sixers remain in active buyout negotiations. The Australian big man is hoping to be waived by Wednesday, which is the last day this season players can be released and remain playoff-eligible with their next team.”
Per ESPN: “Two Dallas Mavericks sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that they expect Bogut to choose Cleveland if he indeed finds himself on the open market later this week, while another source close to the talks expressed optimism Sunday that a buyout is indeed forthcoming.”
Per ESPN: “If Bogut indeed chooses the Cavaliers as expected, he’d be spurning a more lucrative offer from the Rockets, who created an extra $3.5 million in spending money through two deadline-day trades Thursday to aid their search for additional depth via the buyout market.”
If true, #Cavs will have landed former No. 1 draft pick (Bogut), No. 2 (Derrick Williams) and No. 3 (Deron Williams) without making trade.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) February 26, 2017
Per Cleveland.com: “Deron Williams will arrive in town and sign with the Cavs Monday but may not play against the Milwaukee Bucks, a source told cleveland.com.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Even the casual fan knows that free agents haven’t always wanted to come here. As late as last season, Joe Johnson chose the Miami Heat over the Cavs. It was his loss. He’s ringless.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Terrence Jones cleared waivers and Larry Sanders is still out there. The Cavs may be waiting for other big men to be released.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Whatever Magic Johnson lacks, he’s night and day as face of the franchise compared to the lowest-key Mitch Kupchak, even joining Friday’s telecast in Oklahoma City to ask for patience, heap praise on the young guys, note that first and foremost he wants competitors and extoll the effect of practice the day before as the team kept it close in the first half.”
Per the Orange County Register: “The real question is Magic’s learning curve … and what his cachet will mean in free agency in which if it wasn’t for bad signings, they would barely have had any signings at all.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Tyler Ennis had prepared to be traded for most of the past week. His name had circulated in trade rumors, along with other teammates, including Corey Brewer, a veteran forward who came to the Lakers in a separate deal for Lou Williams.”
Per the Orange County Register: “Asked what kind of role he expected the reserve point guard to have, Coach Luke Walton said, ‘It’s too early right now,’ before adding, ‘we definitely want to get him out there and give him some opportunities and some chances.'”
Per ESPN: “Coach Rick Carlisle needed only two words to sum up his first impression of Nerlens Noel: ‘Good trade.'”
Per ESPN: “Noel never got the opportunity to fully tap into his potential during a frustrating nearly four years in Philadelphia. He struggled with injuries and got stuck in a big man logjam with the 76ers, which is why he described himself as ‘ecstatic’ to learn that he was being dealt with Dallas, which pounced on the chance to trade for a 22-year-old lottery pick at a bargain price.”
Per ESPN: “How exactly Noel fits in the Mavs’ rotation for the rest of the season remains to be determined. That’s a somewhat complicated situation, considering that the Mavs have had the most success this season with their 38-year-old legend starting at center.”
Per FanRag Sports: “Carmelo Anthony is still a terrific shooter/scorer, but as noted in many sources his penchant for holding the ball before making a decision often has negative effects. Making by-standers of his teammates. Interrupting any semblance of a flow. Enabling the defense to make adjustments. Hindering the development of the team’s young players. Plus, Melo hardly plays any defense.”
Per FanRag Sports: “All in all, there’s sufficient talent for the Knicks to be better than they are. One of the problems is that they have a losing attitude. No matter how big a fourth quarter lead they have, they’re expecting the worst. How are they going to blow this game this time?”
The Hornets have agreed to a 10-day contract with guard Briante Weber, per ESPN. Weber was not re-signed by the Warriors following the expiration of a second 10-day deal.
The Hawks have waived swingman Lamar Patterson, per the team.
The Raptors have recalled forward Bruno Caboclo from Raptors 905, per the team.
The Knicks have assigned Ron Baker, Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee to the Westchester Knicks, per the team.
The Nuggets have recalled Malik Beasley from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, per the team.
The Thunder have recalled Josh Huestis from the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.
Per Amico Hoops: “That place is Cleveland — as Williams officially cleared waivers Saturday at 5 p.m. EST, and according to league sources, will sign with the defending champion Cavaliers on Monday.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “Guard Kyle Korver, who played with Deron Williams when they were both on the Jazz, led the Cavs’ recruitment of Williams, sources told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. The team attempted to sign Williams as a free agent in 2015.”
Per ESPN: “Asked how he sold Williams on going to Cleveland, Korver said it ‘didn’t have to be much of a sales pitch.’”
Per Cleveland.com: “David Griffin is the first to admit that LeBron James is the magnet. Other players want to be on his team. They know the road to the Finals is an interstate highway with No. 23 behind the wheel.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Deron Williams remains a superb pick-and-roll player, but his overall game has slipped in the last few years.
Per Cleveland.com: “With the Cavs, Williams should be content and effective playing on a title contender.”
Per ESPN: “If James is resting only when he’s ill, as Lue said his star player was Saturday — the team told him to stay home and not bring the strep throat bacteria into the locker room — it’s not ideal, of course.”
Per ESPN: “Still, there will be nights to get him rest, even when he feels completely OK, and that should be completely OK with Cavs fans during these final 25 games of the regular season. There are seven more back-to-backs, for instance. Those will be prime opportunities to keep him out, as the Cavs’ training staff is dedicated to monitoring the ‘red zone’ that players enter when they are overworked.”‘
Korver suffered a bruised right knee in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to the Bulls, per Cleveland.com.
Per Cleveland.com: “Because of their various illnesses and ailments, James and Korver’s status for Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks is in question.”
Per Cleveland.com: “I didn’t know what it was going to feel like when I stood up,” said Korver, who scored 14 points in the game. “I was really worried. I don’t like to stay down on the ground long, but it just, until I put weight on it I didn’t really know. I’m feeling very fortunate right now. It could’ve been worse.”
Per the San Jose Mercury News: “Briante Weber finished up the Warriors’ Saturday night game against the Nets and was then informed of his release. The Warriors are going elsewhere with that 15th roster spot.”
Per the San Jose Mercury News: “That elsewhere is expected to be veteran guard Jose Calderon, according to team sources. Calderon must first officially come to terms on a buyout and release from the Lakers, which is expected to happen in the coming days. But his partnership with the Warriors is already in motion.”
Per ESPN: “Derrick Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, reiterated on Saturday that Rose ‘wants to be in New York’ after the Knicks included the player in trade discussions prior to the trade deadline on Thursday.
Per ESPN: “Armstrong added that he and Rose understand that the Knicks were operating in their best interests when talking to opposing teams about a Rose deal.”
Per ESPN: “Lonzo Ball’s father clarified statements made Saturday to an Arizona radio station about the UCLA star playing only for the Los Angeles Lakers.”
Per ESPN: “All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” LaVar Ball told ESPN on Saturday night. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”
Per ESPN: “Terrence Jones and Marcus Thornton have also cleared waivers, sources say.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “The Sixers could have held onto Nerlens Noel, but it would have meant paying him a lucrative contract in restricted free agency or losing him for nothing. Philadelphia has no cap issues now, but GM Bryan Colangelo doesn’t want to start accumulating expensive assets, especially when he understands how much the market for centers has tanked. Everyone knew the Sixers had to make a trade.”
Per Sports Illustrated: As news broke that the Los Angeles Lakers had not only fired longtime general manager Mitch Kupchak, but also lured power agent Rob Pelinka as his replacement, the ears of player representatives across the country perked up.
Per Sports Illustrated: “Pelinka boasts an impressive list of clients — ranging from James Harden to Buddy Hield — and will have to divest his ownership stake in his agency, Landmark Sports, which has sparked a vast number of phone calls from rival agents.”
Per Sports Illustrated: “It will be like the wild, wild west,” one rival agent told The Crossover. “It’s like a real life Jerry Maguire,” said another.
Per the Chicago Tribune: “Earlier this season, Dwyane Wade confirmed that in the summer of 2010 the Bulls were close to signing the same Big Three that the Heat landed of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. In fact, the Bulls were a Luol Deng trade to the Clippers away from doing so.”
Per the Chicago Tribune: “There is massive skepticism over management’s current rebuilding plan — and there should be.”
Per the Chicago Tribune: “This is, after all, the organization that sold coach Fred Hoiberg as the missing piece to a championship-ready roster after making the polarizing decision to fire Tom Thibodeau — and then missed the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.”
Per the Sacramento Bee: “Since moving to California’s capital in 1985, the Kings have had six All-Stars. Two were drafted by the Kings (DeMarcus Cousins and Peja Stojakovic), three arrived by trade (Mitch Richmond, Chris Webber and Brad Miller) and one was signed (Vlade Divac).
Per the Sacramento Bee: “Of the six, Divac was the only one who was not traded.”
The Pelicans have officially announced the signing of shooting guard Reggie Williams to a 10-day contract.
The Bucks have officially announced the signing of guard Alex Toupane to a 10-day contract.
Per the Atlanta Journal Constitution: “The Hawks didn’t wait long — or for the buyout market to fully unfold — before filling two open roster spots. The Hawks officially announced the signings of Ryan Kelly and Lamar Patterson to multi-year deals Friday.”
The Cavaliers recalled rookie point guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge, per the team.
The Canton Charge have acquired guard Cameron Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for the rights to Jordan Morgan and Juvonte Reddic, as well as the Sioux Falls’ 2017 third-round pick, per the team.
The Thunder have assigned forward Josh Huestis to the Oklahoma City Blue, per the team.
Former Ohio State swingman David Lighty has agreed to a deal with Italian club Banco di Srd, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA guard Carlos Delfino is close to reaching a deal with Boca Juniors of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League forward John Millsap has agreed to a contract with Echague of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.
Former D-League forward Paul Carter has agreed to sign with Hyeres-Toulon of France, per Amico Hoops.