Chicago Bulls take advantage of LeBron James' absence against Cleveland Cavaliers

According to ESPN, the Australian player is most likely to join the Cavaliers, who signed Bogut's Mavericks colleague Deron Williams.

If Bogut does sign with Cleveland, the Sixers-Mavericks trade could end up being the key to the Cavaliers' playoff run.

The Rockets can offer Bogut a pro-rated $3.5 million contract, while the other three teams can offer the pro-rated veteran minimum of $1.55 million, which is how the Cavs signed Williams. Once the first overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Bogut was named NBA All-Defensive Second-team as recently as 2015. Bogut has played in just 26 games this season with 21 starts since joining Dallas from the Golden State Warriors previous year.

Williams, who has averaged 16.6 points and 8.2 assists per game in his 12 seasons as a pro, has been in Cleveland's crosshairs all season.

Bogut has averaged 10 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his 12-year National Basketball Association career.

For the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo couldn't get himself going, finishing with nine points, eight assists and seven rebounds in an almost-triple-double performance whilst shooting 4-13 from the field.

Bogut has narrowed his next destination to Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio, Utah or Boston, and will have conversations over the next 24 hours with general managers and coaches from those teams, league sources said. I had a good time in Dallas, playing in front of family and friends.

"I like it. If that in fact is in play, he's looking to join this Cleveland Cavaliers team, I think he'd fit in perfectly..." He played six games with the Sixers before they waived him. Rest assured that Lue will play Williams in lineups with the Big Three as he acts as the primary facilitator, nonetheless, Williams is the player that will allow the Cavs to lower James' minutes as they enter the playoffs. "But we were able to close it out in the fourth quarter and got the stops when we needed it". "He's been a great point guard for a lot of years", Korver added. He can play with the ball, he can play off the ball.

"There's not a lot of point guards that can do both", Korver said.

The 32-year-old Bogut, who won the 2014-15 title with Golden State Warriors - beating the Cavaliers in the finals series - was part of a multi-player trade from Dallas to the 76ers last week.

  • Julie Sanders