ANDREW Bogut has committed to joining the Cleveland Cavaliers for the rest of the NBA season and is expected to formally sign in the coming days.
The Boomers great is likely to join the star-studded NBA champions by this weekend after weighing up multiple offers from other teams.
Bogut was also linked with teams including Boston and Houston and his agent, David Bauman of ISE, told AP the final decision was “a lot harder than Bogut anticipated.”
Bogut will be able to sign with the Cavaliers as long as he signs clears waivers at 5pm Wednesday US time (Thursday 9am AEDT), but he is not expected to be claimed.
Due to the Cavaliers’ salary cap constraints, it’s likely former Golden State Warriors star Bogut turned down more money elsewhere to chase his second career championship ring with the star-studded Cavaliers.
Bogut became Australia’s fifth NBA champion when he helped the Warriors to the title in 2015. The Cavaliers will be the fourth team of his NBA career having also spent seven years with the Milwaukee Bucks where he was No.1 draft pick in 2005.
Throwing Walsh a lifeline is a low-risk/high reward situation for Schneider, with the obvious hope that Walsh can make a comeback. Like the yips in baseball, a kicker’s sudden decline is completely mental, and we’ve watched Walsh try and right his issues on the world’s largest stage. With an offseason to mull the future and retool himself as a kicker, there is always a chance he can get better.
“I think it’s just really, quite honestly, it’s an aspect of unrestricted free agency,” Schneider said, when asked if Walsh was simply Plan B to Hauschka. “You have all your boxes to check. I know it seems kind of cold. We take it personally, because we have such a personal relationship with these guys. Steven’s been phenomenal for us, has done a lot of great things for the Seahawks.