After sending Mason Plumlee to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Nets had a hole at backup center. It looks like they might fill that hole with 30-year-old 6’11” Russian center Sasha Kaun, according to a report from Russian news site TASS.
The report is unconfirmed at this time, and the Nets would have to complete a trade for the signing to go through, as his NBA rights are currently owned by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kaun spent four years at Kansas University, winning an NCAA Championship in 2008, and was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the then-Seattle Supersonics. He has spent his entire professional career with CSKA Moscow in Russia.
There were reports recently that Kaun would retire from basketball after this season, but he told KU Sports that he was only done playing basketball in Russia, and he would “consider” a job in the NBA if there was one available.
Kaun averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 20 minutes per game over 30 games (all starts) for CSKA Moscow this past year. He also played 37 games in a domestic VTB League (h/t Alexander Chernykh), averaging 10.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
TASS — Александр Каун близок к подписанию контракта с клубом НБА “Бруклин Нетс”