April 13, 2024

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The Cavs’ biggest weakness this past year has been a serviceable rim protector that can produce for the team. Tristan Thompson can only do so much and the team lost Chris Andersen to a torn ACL during the month of December.

The Wine and Gold found their rim protector answer the first year of LeBron’s second stint when they traded for Timofey Mozgov. However, Mozzy found more money in Los Angeles this past summer when he was the first player to sign a deal with the increased cap room. The Cavs, looking to find the same production and effect, will sign big man Andrew Bogut.

Bogut is a former first overall pick of the 2005 draft. He hasn’t warranted the number one pick with his play throughout his career and many argued that Chris Paul should have been the first pick of that draft. Bogut is known for his defense throughout his career in the NBA and lead the league in blocks during the 2011 season when he averaged 2.6 blocks per game.

Bogut played his first seven seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks where he thrived during the 2010 season, named to the All-NBA Third team. Bogut averaged 12.8 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game and his career high 2.6 blocks per game. Bogut battled a gruesome arm injury during his time with the Bucks but managed to overcome it. In Bogut’s seven-year tenure with the Bucks, he averaged 12.7 points per game, 9.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

After his first seven years in the league, Bogut found a new home with the Golden State Warriors where he was their defensive anchor throughout the rebuilding process after Monta Ellis left. Bogut won his first and only championship with the Warriors during the 2015 season when they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut played four seasons for the Dubs where he averaged 6.3 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 1.7 blocks per games.

Bogut was traded to the Mavericks last summer in an attempt to clear cap space for Kevin Durant. Bogut was not happy to be traded to the Mavericks and has not produced anywhere near to his potential. 3.0 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Bogut had interest with the Spurs, Rockets and Celtics but decided to sign with the Cavaliers.

Bogut expects to suit up and play for the Cavs sooner rather than later.

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