Bogut (lower leg) was waived by the Cavaliers on Monday, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports.
Bogut has already been ruled out for the rest of the season after fracturing his left tibia in his team debut last week, and the Cavaliers had little reason to keep him around since he was set to become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. In order to fill Bogut's spot on the roster, the Cavaliers will sign Larry Sanders for the rest of the season, with the hope that Sanders can offer some rim protection on the second unit. Bogut will head back to his native Australia to kick off the rehab process from the broken leg, but is expected to be back to full strength before training camps open next season.
With Bogut done for the year, the Cavaliers will look to use the open roster spot to sign another player after their upcoming three-game road trip, while Bogut is expected to spend his time rehabbing in Australia with his family. The big man is expected to make a full recovery by training camp of next season, so it's likely, as a restricted free agent, he'll be on the lookout for a new destination for his 2017-18 campaign.
Bogut (lower leg) has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and playoffs.
As expected, the fractured left tibia that Bogut suffered during his Cavaliers debut Monday against the Heat will end his season. According to the Cavs' press release, Bogut won't require surgery to repair the tibia, but will require an extended period of immobilization and rehab before returning to the health when training camps open in the fall. Bogut, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, will finish an injury-plagued season with averages of 2.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 blocks, and 0.5 steals across 21.6 minutes per game in 27 appearances with the Mavericks and Cavaliers. Durability has been a career-long issue for Bogut, who hasn't appeared in more than 70 games in a season since 2011-12, and given that he'll turn 33 in November, he may struggle to land more than a one- or two-year deal in the offseason. With Bogut out of the picture, starting center Tristan Thompson will likely be locked into a regular 30-plus-minute role the rest of the season, with Channing Frye serving as his top backup until Kevin Love (knee) returns to action.
An initial X-ray on Bogut's leg has revealed a fractured left tibia, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports.
After signing with the Cavaliers earlier in March, Bogut was finally able to make his Cleveland debut on Monday, but was forced from the game after less than a minute of court time with a lower leg injury and a follow-up X-ray is now indicating he's dealing with a fractured left tibia. Bogut is slated to undergo additional evaluation in the coming few days, but as it currently stands, the fractured tibia would likely cost him the rest of the season. It's a tough blow for the oft-injured big man, who could now be released with an injury settlement. The Cavaliers will likely be in the market for another center, so once Bogut's injury is confirmed, we should see the the team look into adding another center from the free agent pool.
Bogut suffered a lower left leg injury during Monday's game against the Heat and won't return, Joe Gabriele of Cavs.com reports.
Coach Tyronn Lue indicated prior to the game that he wasn't sure if Bogut would get any minutes, but the Cavaliers opted to put him into the game during the second quarter. However, after less than a minute on the floor, Bogut appeared to suffer what looked to be a serious leg injury, as he needed to be helped off the floor and was unable to put any weight on the leg. He's expected to undergo an X-ray in the coming hours, so the Cavaliers should have a better idea on the extent of his setback after the game.
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