There is still talk of Andrew Bogut winding up on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers after he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers at the trade deadline.
There are some tactical maneuvers that must take place if Bogut playing for the defending 2015 – 2016 NBA is to become a reality.
Philadelphia would have to place Bogut on waivers by the end of the day on March 1; else, he would not be eligible to play in the postseason.
In order for that to happen, they would have to either negotiate a buyout of his contract, hopefully for much less that what remains from the $11 million deal Bogut received when he was jettisoned by the Golden State Warriors and moved to the Dallas Mavericks after last season. They could also simply release him, but they would be responsible for the remainder of what Dallas owes him.
If Bogut hits the waiver wire by March 1, the other NBA teams would have two days in which to claim him.
Bogut on the Cleveland roster would be a positive in that he would once again be playing for a contender, and if form holds true, it could very well be a NBA final with Bogut and the Cavaliers matched against his old Warrior teammates.
Bogut would take a stiff hit to the pocketbook were he to join Cleveland. They could only give him about $500,000 for the rest of the season, much of which would be taken up by the fee LeBron charges to pass the ball to any other player.