The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired the rights to Russian center Sasha Kaun way back in 2008 in a deal with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics but the former Kansas star has spent the past seven years playing in his homeland.
That looks set to change in the coming days however with reports suggesting Kaun is likely to link up with the Cavs before the new season gets underway.
Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group revealed the Russian has been in Cleveland for a "mini-tour" that has even included house-hunting.
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Although the 30-year-old is set to return to Russia today without an agreement in place the report states that "it is only a matter of time" before a deal is agreed that will see Kaun finally return to the United States to play his basketball.
Kaun. who stands at seven foot tall, has spent every year since the 2008 draft with CSKA Moscow and posted career high numbers (9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game) in the EuroLeague last year.
Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin confirmed to reporters in Las Vegas that the franchise are hopeful of completing the move:
"We would love to have him if something could be worked out," Griffin said.
"(He is) somebody who could be rotational for us and if it could work out great.”
Whilst the 2015 NBA Finals runners up still looking to re-sign Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith as a priority, it looks like they are still making moves elsewhere to ensure their roster is as deep as possible as they look to go one step better next season.
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