Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bogut ruled out for the season after suffering broken leg

Evan James, Reporter

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The defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers lost one of their biggest midseason acquisitions of the year in Monday’s game versus the Miami Heat. It was less than a minute into Center Andrew Bogut’s debut when he fractured his left tibia while closing out on Heat Forward Okaro White’s pump fake on a jump shot. His left leg collided with White’s left knee and Bogut went down writhing in pain. He remained on the court for a few minutes before being helped to the locker room by fellow teammates Tristan Thompson and James Jones without being able to put any pressure on his left leg. Teammate LeBron James claimed he knew right away what happened.  “As soon as the collision happened, I heard it break” he said.

 

Bogut became became a free agent after the trade deadline when he was traded from the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers. Upon his arrival, Bogut made it public that he wanted no part in the 76ers organization and the two sides agreed to have his contract bought out. Other teams such as the Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics also inquired about his services, but Bogut wanted join the Cavs citing his desire to join a team with a great locker room and legitimate chance to win another championship. The Cavs to had a great interest in Bogut with having only one other Center on the roster and because he brings rim protection, rebounding, shot blocking and good passing for a big man which are all qualities that the Cavs lack in. Bogut also won a championship in 2015 with rival Golden State Warriors whom the Cavaliers have faced in the past two NBA Finals. The Warriors made the decision to release him the following year in 2016 along with many other players to free up the necessary salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant who was the most highly regarded free agent at the time. Bogut is now expected to be released once again by the Cavaliers and will fly back to his home country of Australia to rehab the injury with the comfort of his family.

 

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