Former Cleveland Cavaliers man Sasha Kaun retires after one season in the NBA

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One and done stories rarely end in the way of Sasha Kaun's.

A late arriver in the NBA, the Russian center joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as a 30-year-old after seven seasons with CSKA Moscow.

10 months, 25 games, 23 points, 26 rebounds, five blocks and 95 minutes on the hardwood later, the former Kansas Jayhawks man was an NBA champion.

He didn't play a single minute during the playoffs, but was still a part of the roster in Cleveland and can proudly say he is the owner of a championship ring.

His stint with the Cavs came to an end this summer as he joined the Philadelphia 76ers in a trade before being immediately waived by the NBA's statistically worst team from last season.

Having battled with ankle problems for some time, Kaun decided now was the time to bring the curtain down on his basketball career. Winning the ultimate prize is not a bad way to go out.

"I was very blessed and fortunate to play as long as I have. I had a great experience for the (Russian) national team and professionally. Overall, it’s been phenomenal," he said. "I kind of feel my ankle has been bothering me a while. With the amount of pain I was going through, I just wanted to be done.

"It’s something I’ve had all my career," he added of right ankle problems. "It was definitely getting worse and worse, year by year. Especially coming here (one year in NBA after seven seasons in Moscow) ... the intensity of the game I just kind of realised I don’t think I can go and do it anymore.

"I said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to be happy playing. I’m not going to be happy not playing. I think it’s a good time to call it quits.’’’

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