Reports that Andrew Bogut may be headed to the Cleveland Cavaliers appear premature.
The Australian big man was involved in talks with Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge on Monday night (US time) and may have also spoken to senior Celtics players, according to The Boston Globe.
It was reported Bogut was also planning to speak to both Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
While he has played only 26 games and just five since New Year during an injury-marred season with Dallas, the 32-year-old Bogut is still considered a useful contributor as a strong defensive and rebounding presence.
For his part, Bogut has remained silent ever since he was traded to Philadelphia and they bought out his contract.
His former Dallas teammate Deron Williams recently moved to the Cavaliers and that sparked rumours Bogut would also be joining the defending champions.
However it has also been reported he wants to go to a team that is not just a contender but the best fit for him.
The Houston Rockets are in the market as well and could likely offer Bogut the best financial deal and a chance to take on his former club Golden State in the Western Conference playoffs.
He has also been linked to talks with fellow Boomer Patty Mills’ San Antonio.
It is expected he won’t sign with a new team until Tuesday night (US time – Wednesday AEDT) at the earliest.
Should he join LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love at eastern conference leaders the Cavaliers, he would be a strong chance to contend for a second NBA title, having collected a first with Golden State Warriors when they beat the Cavs in the 2014-15 finals series.