Coming into at seven feet tall and weighing in at 256 lbs, CSKA Moscow big man Alexander “Sasha” Kaun is looking to make a run at the NBA. Reported early Sunday afternoon, @Sportnado stated that Kaun’s plans were “I’ll decide my future after the season. My desire is try to play in the NBA.” Many believe having another rim protector along with Mozgov would go a long way.

Although spending most of his life in Russia, Kaun attended high school and college in the United States. Kaun attended Florida Air Academy where he posted 15.3 PPG, 12.6 RPG, and 2.0 BPG. Kaun was heavily recruited by Michigan State and Duke, but ultimately chose Kansas.

While at Kansas, Kaun averaged a measly 7.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 1.1 BPG in his senior year while the Jayhawks won the NCAA Championship. Kaun’s numbers during his sophomore year were much better where he averaged 8.15 PPG, 6.55 RPG and 1.01 BPG. ¬†Although Kaun didn’t put up many big games, he was a main contributor off the bench for the Jayhawks throughout his career.

Kaun is born and raised in Russia, and has played for the Russian olympic team, which in recent years has been coached by fellow Cavaliers coach David Blatt. Blatt has praised Kaun for his work ethic in past interviews, but Kaun’s impact over in Russia is not eye opening. Only playing 16 games in the past season and averaging 18.4 minutes per game in those few contests, Kaun has not accomplished much. With a new refreshed look at basketball within the NBA, Kaun would fit in with the Cavaliers, although Kaun wouldn’t help with the dismal free throw shooting (54% career FT).

Although Kaun to Cleveland is not a done deal, the experience with Timofey Mozgov as a teammate and David Blatt as a coach might help lure Kaun to the Cavaliers during the summer.

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