An old foe joins the Cleveland Cavaliers

Nick Mcbride
March 5, 2017

LeBron James says Andrew Bogut will bring depth to Cleveland's roster but that the Australian's imminent arrival will not change the dynamic of a team chasing back-to-back National Basketball Association titles. If you were excited about former center Timofey Mozgov's ability to defend the paint, just wait until you get a load of Bogut.

Bogut will wear jersey number 6 with the Cavs.

The free agent center signed Thursday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining the team he faced the past two Junes with a championship on the line. He and the 76ers agreed to part ways so Bogut could join a contender, and he had several teams lining up to add the defensive-minded center. The 32-year-old Bogut, who is also one of the game's best passing big men, will be motivated to try and get back to the Finals and face the Warriors, who traded him last summer to open salary cap space so they could sign Kevin Durant.

James said the team faced many challenges in attempting to defend its crown but the signing of Bogut and Deron Williams from the Dallas Mavericks did not change the focus.

The Cavaliers have been vocal about their need to fill the void left by Australian back up point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who departed Cleveland after their championship win when the Milwaukee Bucks offered him a four-year $US38.5 million deal.

Williams has played in seven games with the Cavaliers entering play on Wednesday, averaging 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game off the bench.

Everyone who follows the Cavaliers expected it and now it's official: Andrew Bogut has signed. It was the first time all season the Cavs lost a game on the road in which they held a lead during the fourth quarter.

"We'll see", James, said when asked if Bogut could deliver inside knowledge of the Warriors. "When (Kyle) 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".

BOSTON - Deron Williams will make his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at the TD Garden against the Boston Celtics. "But once we all get together and get on the right page, we'll be a tough team to beat".

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