Russian center Sasha Kaun is heading to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a two-year deal. David Pick first reported the agreement, and ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says the second year is a player option. It’s unclear just how much Kaun will be making, but it’s likely the veteran’s minimum.
The Cavaliers drafted Kaun in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft after he played at Kansas, but he hasn’t made it to the NBA until now. The 30-year-old has spent the last seven seasons playing for CSKA Moscow, and the 7-footer averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in the Euroleague last season.
Kaun already has a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt thanks to their time with the Russian national team. Kaun and Cavaliers starting center Timofey Mozgov played under Blatt on the 2012 Russian Olympic squad that won a bronze medal.
The addition of Kaun brings more depth to a strong frontcourt. There are questions regarding the health of Anderson Varejao, so there’s a chance Kaun is the primary backup to Mozgov.