Andrew Bogut’s time at Cleveland is over after 11 days, with the NBA club – as expected – waiving him on Monday (Tuesday AEDT).
The Australian’s move to the defending champions to play alongside superstar LeBron James was cut short when he broke his leg 58 seconds into his debut with the franchise a week ago.
The 32-year-old Bogut’s axing has freed up the salary cap space for the Cavaliers to sign centre Larry Sanders as his replacement.
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Bogut won’t require surgery to repair the fractured tibia and is expected to return to Australia for rehabilitation in a bid to recover in time for the 2017-18 NBA season start in October.
It’s been a tough ordeal the Melburnian, who knocked back a $US3 million offer from the Houston Rockets last month to take $US383,000 to seek a second NBA title ring with the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers.
He’s set to search for a new contract with the former Milwaukee, Golden State, and Dallas forward a chance to join a fifth franchise if the Cavaliers don’t offer him a new deal.
Former Bucks big man Sanders hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2014-15 season, having walked away from the game to deal with personal issues after returning positive marijuana tests.