Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Andrew Bogut Could Help Cavs Beat Golden State Warriors in Potential Finals Rematch

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/10/17 04:05PM EST

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still in need of a rim protector despite having a stacked roster. The Cavaliers recently acquired Kyle Korver, but they are still planning to cover some holes inside the paint and in their backcourt.

The Cavaliers, who are expected to become buyers before the trade deadline next month, are already being linked to potential trade targets. The Dallas Mavericks could be forced to trade Andrew Bogut, who might be interested in moving to the Cavaliers, King James Gospel noted.

Bogut was one of the casualties in the Bay Area, when the Golden State Warriors signed Kevin Durant. To make room for the former NBA Most Valuable Player, the Warriors traded Bogut to the Mavericks and also let go of Harrison Barnes, who also moved to Dallas.

However, the Bogut experiment in Dallas is not producing good results for both parties. Bogut is averaging just 3.0 points and 9.1 rebounds a game -- far from what Dallas expected from him. On the other hand, the veteran center also sounded frustrated of their record this season and will likely bolt out next summer.

"Thankfully, I'm a free agent here, so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on," Bogut told ESPN. "I don't see myself hanging around with everything that's gone on."

With Bogut signifying his intention to leave in the offseason, the Mavericks might decide to trade him instead of losing him for nothing in free agency. The Cavaliers are expected to jump on the gun once Bogut becomes officially available on the trade market.

The Mavericks, who are at the cellar of the Western Conference standings with their 11-27 record, might not ask for too much in any deal for Bogut. A future draft pick might be enough for the Cavs to add a solid piece to their puzzle.

If they successfully nab Bogut from the Mavericks, they will get an experienced rim protector. Not only that, the defending champions will have more inside track on the Warriors, knowing that Bogut is very familiar with his former team. The 32-year-old center played in the Bay Area for four seasons.

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