Cavaliers' Andrew Bogut done for season with broken leg

Bogut, who won an National Basketball Association championship with Golden State Warriors in 2014/2015, also made it clear with his decision to join the Cavaliers that he wants to play with top title contenders rather than second-tier franchises like the Rockets or Boston Celtics. Doctors set his fractured left tibia and began non-surgical treatment, which includes an extended period of immobilization.

ESPN has suggested that Bogut might be returning to Australia for rehab work, with the expected time of recovery is projected to be late 2017, before training camp kicks off.

The broken leg is the latest serious injury to dog Bogut's 12-year National Basketball Association career and may deter teams from offering him a big money, multi-year contract.

Bogut was traded to Dallas to make salary cap room for the Warriors to obtain Kevin Durant, who is also sidelined with an injury. The Cavs signed him after he reached a buyout with Philadelphia and cleared waivers.

The team also said Kyle Korver has experienced soreness in his left foot, meaning he's been listed as Out for Thursday's game.

Thursday night in Detroit, one national nightmare will come to an end: J.R. Smith will be back on the basketball court as the Cavaliers take on the Pistons. He will not play Thursday.

ABOUT THE CAVALIERS (42-20): Coach Tyronn Lue (sinus infection) missed Monday's loss to Miami and still was away from the team on Wednesday but is expected to join the club in Detroit prior to the tipoff.

  • Julie Sanders