On one hand, you can say the Cavaliers really don’t need Russian big man Sasha Kaun because they are loaded along the front line — Timofey Mozgov, Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson (he’ll be there, the question is the payday).
On the other hand, that’s a lot of guys who battle injuries. Varejao is coming off a torn Achilles, Love off shoulder surgery, and Mozgov’s knee is keeping him out of EuroBasket this month.
Which means Kaun could be pressed into duty, kind of a utility big man. The two sides reached a deal, but that has yet to be officially signed and announced, but Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has a few details.
I hear the Cavs will give Sasha Kaun a two-year deal starting at $1.2 million for 2015-16. Not sure how much the second season of the contract will pay the 6-foot-10 Russian center.
The two years is smart as well. Mozgov is a free agent next season, Varejao’s $10 million is not fully guaranteed and the Cavs likely take the buyout, and the Thompson situation is up in the air and he could potentially be gone after this season.
Which is to say, whether this year due to injury or next due to roster turnover, Kaun could be pressed into regular duty — he could be a rotation player for the Cavs. At age 30 he is who he is and should be able to adapt to the NBA game fairly quickly, but if nothing else he’s a good insurance policy at a minimum salary.