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NBA: Deron Williams, Andrew Bogut Possibly Ending up in Cleveland

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart keeps the ball from Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart keeps the ball from Dallas Mavericks guard Deron Williams. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

By Brian Yalung

There are two curious names in the NBA free agent market right now – Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut. Multiple teams would do well to sign up both with the Cleveland Cavaliers at the front of them all.

In the case of Deron Williams, a potential signing hardly comes as a surprise. He satisfies a vacancy that LeBron James has long been pointing out that of which is getting a credible backup guard to help out Kyrie Irving. Williams was waived by the Mavericks recently and is expected to join the Cavs once he clears waivers.

Should Williams be signed, it snuffs out the hopes of Jordan Farmar who stood out at the Cavs midseason tryouts. The same goes with Jose Calderon though he remains with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Andrew Bogut (Brian Sevald / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP)

Andrew Bogut (Brian Sevald / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP)

The case of Andrew Bogut is what may come as a surprise. After being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel, the Australian big man will reportedly be bought out by the Sixers and several teams could be interested in ramping up their NBA playoff runs.

The Houston Rockets could make a play for Bogut, same with the Golden State Warriors. Thanks to an NBA rulebook loophole, the 32-year-old center can return to his former team. According to league rules, a player isn’t allowed to sign with the ‘last team’ who traded or waived him for the calendar year.

With Bogut dealt to the Mavs earlier this season to make room for Kevin Durant, Dallas is technically the last team for Bogut. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors are still weighing their options.

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