Kaun revealed in an interview Saturday with Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World that he will retire from professional basketball. "I was very blessed and fortunate to play as long as I have. I had a great experience for the [Russian] national team and professionally. Overall, it's been phenomenal," Kaun said.
After being selected in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft, Kaun played seven seasons for Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow before making his NBA debut with the Cavaliers in 2015-16. He and teammate Timofey Mozgov would go on to become the first Russian-born players to win an NBA title after the Cavs defeated the Warriors in the Finals, but Kaun played a very minimal role in the team's overall success, appearing in no postseason contests and just 25 regular-season contests, averaging 3.8 minutes per game. The 31-year-old was traded to the 76ers earlier this offseason and subsequently released, but he still had opportunities to play overseas or join an NBA team on a training camp invite had he elected to keep playing. Kaun said that an ankle injury has presented problems for him throughout his career, and with the pain worsening as he's aged, he decided it was best to preserve his health for the long haul.
Kaun was waived by the Sixers on Sunday, Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer reports.
Kaun was traded to the Sixers merely as a way for the Cavaliers to clear cap space to sign Chris Andersen, while the Sixers were still able to benefit with cash considerations from the deal. The 31-year-old center saw action in just 25 games during his rookie season, but will now have to hope for a training camp invite in order to earn his way on to a regular season roster. Even if he makes a team, he's not expected to be a fantasy relevant player.
Kaun was traded to the 76ers on Friday, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Philadelphia sent the rights to Chukwudiebere Madaubum on Friday in order to acquire Kaun from the Cavaliers. However, The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cavaliers made this move to clear space to sign Chris Andersen. The 31-year-old Kaun appeared in 25 games last season, averaging 3.8 minutes per outing. He does not figure to be a major piece of the 76ers' rotation in 2016.
Kaun (coach's decision) was inactive for Monday's Game 5 win over the Warriors.
Kaun hasn't played in any of the Cavs' 19 postseason games to date. Don't look for that trend to change in Thursday's Game 6 and Cleveland, when the Cavaliers will look to even the series at 3-3.
Kaun (coach's decision) was inactive for Sunday's 100-99 Game 4 win over the Hawks.
Kaun hasn't appeared in any of the Cavs' eight postseason contests, and he'll likely continue to remain in street clothes throughout the playoffs unless the team loses a player or two due to injury.
Kaun was recalled from the D-League's Canton Charge on Wednesday.
Both Kaun and Jordan McRae will be available for Wednesday's regular season finale against the Pistons. With several regulars sitting out the contest for the Cavs, Kaun could be asked to handle more minutes than normal in the frontcourt. After Wednesday's game concludes, look for Kaun and McRae to rejoin Canton for their D-League playoff series.
Kaun was assigned to the D-League's Canton Charge on Tuesday.
Kaun will be available Tuesday night as the Charge begin their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Expect the Kaun to return to the Cavs before the NBA postseason begins Saturday.
Kaun was recalled from the D-League on Monday.
Kaun was just assigned to the Canton Charge earlier in the day, so it's unclear why the Cavs have decided to recall both he and Jordan McRae. Both players will be available Monday night against the Hawks, though neither is likely to make much of an impact.
Kaun was assigned to the D-League's Canton Charge on Monday.
Kaun has appeared in only 23 games for the Cavaliers this season, essentially serving as the team's 15th man. He'll join the Charge as they begin an Eastern Conference Finals series in the D-League playoffs against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Monday night.
Kaun (coach's decision) has appeared in just one of the Cavaliers' last 14 games.
The 30-year-old rookie has been active for most of February with Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) unavailable, but Kaun will likely start wearing street clothes for games more regularly once Dellavedova is healthy. Kaun, who is averaging 0.9 points in 4.2 minutes during his 10 appearances on the season, ranks as the last player on the Cavaliers' roster.
Kaun did not play in the Friday win over Detroit.
Kaun has not played since Jan. 15. It will take a rash of injuries for the 6-11 center to get any minutes at all.
Kaun played six minutes and recorded a steal in the blowout win over Orlando on Friday.
Kaun has appeared in four games and has scored four points. The 30-year-old looks like he will mainly be a presence in practice, but not on the court.
Kaun did not play for the fourth straight game in the Tuesday loss to Washington.
The Cavaliers have their center rotation set without Kaun apparently. He is behind the struggling Timofey Mozgov, Anderson Varejao, and Tristan Thompson, so minutes will be highly limited for the former Kansas Jayhawk.
Kaun has been a non-factor for Cleveland, recording only seven minutes in two games so far this season.
Kaun hasn't come off the bench since Oct. 30, as the 30-year-old center is clearly seen as a last resort by Coach David Blatt. Even with Timofey Mozgov expected to miss 10-14 days with a shoulder injury, the load will most likely be carried by some combination of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Anderson Varejao instead of Kaun. Kaun may see sparing minutes, but he can hardly be expected to suddenly vault into the 15-20 minutes-per-game range.
Kaun appeared in his first game for the Cavaliers, but did not score in six minutes during the win over Memphis on Wednesday. He did tally a board, a block, an assist, and a steal.
Kaun did not play in the opener against Chicago, but the win over the Grizzlies was a blowout so the former Kansas Jayhawk was able to make his first appearance. With three players - Timofey Mozgov, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson - ahead of him on the depth chart, Kaun's minutes will be limited.
Kaun (lower back) sat out the Cavaliers' final preseason game Monday against the Mavericks.
Kaun was reported to be dealing with a sore lower back last week, but was able to log 12 minutes off the bench Sunday against the Raptors. It was likely just a case where coach David Blatt was resting Kaun on Monday for the second game of a back-to-back set, so expect the rookie center to be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Kaun has been nursing a sore lower back, Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Kaun says he deals with a sore lower back every year at the beginning of the season as he works himself in to game shape. With Tristan Thompson still not signed to the team, and Anderson Verejao's injury history, Kaun has a chance to earn some minutes in the front court rotation if he earn coach Blatt's confidence.
Cavaliers newcomer Sasha Kaun tallied eight points and six rebounds over 23 minutes in a Tuesday loss to Milwaukee.
After spending the last seven seasons abroad since being selected in the 2008 NBA Draft, Kaun has finally committed to making his debut in North America. He's seen 21.5 minutes per game over four preseason contests, averaging 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 50 percent from the field.
Those numbers alone won't result in him earning consistent playing time to open the season, but with Tristan Thompson embroiled in a contract dispute, he could be the second big man off the bench after Anderson Varejao.
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