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Dallas traded Bogut to Philadelphia on February 23. Williams, a teammate of Bogut's in Dallas, received a buyout from the Mavs and joined the Cavs after clearing waivers. During that time, Andrew Bogut is still part of the Mavericks.

The Australian had attracted interest from several other franchises including Houston, Boston and San Antonio.

The former Warriors center was picking between four contenders and the decision was "a lot harder than Bogut anticipated", his agent told Associated Press.

In the end, Bauman said Bogut felt Cleveland offered him the best chance to get back to the finals, where he could face the team that let him go before the season started.

Williams became a free agent after he was bought out from his contract with the Dallas Mavericks. Fans will remember that the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals after overcoming a 3-1 series deficit.

Jokes aside, Bogut is planning to give Cavs big man Tristan Thompson a break.

The 7-foot Bogut deepens the Cavs up front as they await Kevin Love's return from knee surgery.

Bogut, who is a strong contender for the title of Australia's best ever male player, has recorded 670 games in the National Basketball Association, averaging ten points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Through 26 games with the Mavericks this season, Bogut has averaged just 3 points and 8 rebounds per game.

The Cavaliers also added fellow veteran Deron Williams this week, shoring up a roster James had publicly said needed improvement for a repeat to happen.

  • Julie Sanders