Bogut has faced the Cavaliers in the past two NBA Finals while playing for the Golden State Warriors, winning his first ring in 2015. The only player in Celtics franchise history with three 30-point games in a season against the defending National Basketball Association champions is Dave Cowens, who had three such games against the Lakers during the 1972-73 season. Bogut is expected to officially sign this weekend, the source said.

Cleveland has found a more-than-capable backup point guard in Deron Williams, formerly Bogut's teammate with the Mavericks.

Those moves would be enough, but Griffin has also secured veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver earlier this season and snagged Derrick Williams for little to nothing.

The Cavaliers have opened up a roster spot for free agent Andrew Bogut by waiving guard Jordan McRae.

The 32-year-old played 40 games, all as a starter, for the Mavericks this season. The champs have a deeper bench than they did a year ago, and the changes have more than satisfied James, who is aiming for his seventh straight visit to the NBA Finals.

Bogut does indeed intend to sign with the defending champions upon clearing waivers, according to multiple reports.

"We don't know. We can't say that, 2016 won a championship " James said before the Cavs' shootaround Wednesday morning at TD Garden.

James' meanwhile expressed satisfaction at Cleveland's February resurgence. "The main thing that I've said from the beginning is our process and our health".

While it may come across as exaggerated humility on Stevens' part, the coach makes a very good point.

Said Love, "I imagine between J.R. and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for (the playoffs) in April".


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