LeBron James: Andrew Bogut Gives Cavs Another Playmaker
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 05, 2017,
Mar 05, 2017, 2:57
C Andrew Bogut was signed to a contract by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday.
But James is not popping champagne corks to celebrate the Cavaliers' move to sign Bogut and point guard Deron Williams. The forward has also seen a renaissance in his shooting, carrying a.667 eFG% through a small sample size, while his next highest at any stop was.498 with Sacramento in 2014-15. But the superstar said Wednesday it's too early to tell whether Williams and Bogut will be enough to keep Cleveland on top.
The Cavaliers opened up a roster spot for Bogut by waiving guard Jordan McRae, who appeared in 37 games this season. Bogut, who played for the Golden State Warriors in the last two NBA Finals, is going to help the Cavs give Thompson rest, control the boards and anchor the paint while being a playmaker on offense.
This season, Bogut has only played in 26 games with the Dallas Mavericks due to a nagging hamstring injury. A gifted passer, Bogut will be motivated to try and get back to the Finals and face the Warriors, who traded him last summer to make room for Kevin Durant to sign. His career averages are 10 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists, while hitting 53.4 percent of his field goals and 55.6 percent of his free throws.
The Cavs are 1-1 on the road trip so far, with the Miami Heat coming up Saturday night, making for a tricky back-to-back road game.
Cleveland Cavaliers' coach Tyronn Lue is excited about Andrew Bogut joining his National Basketball Association squad, but he admits the big Australian's arrival will cause him some problems.
Bogut posted the UB40 music video Red Red Wine on his Twitter account to signify he was joining the Cavaliers - the team's colours include the darkish red "wine".
'He's really excited for the opportunity he has to be with these guys, ' Griffin said. "When Korver first got here, we turned down a lot of shots, we didn't do the things we were accustomed to doing because we were trying to get him integrated, make him feel comfortable".