Former Ohio State centre and 11-year NBA veteran Kosta Koufos is hoping to return to the NBA after a year overseas, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are a possible destination, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Sources told Fedor that several teams have reached out to Koufos’ agent.
The 31-year-old played 11 seasons in the NBA before signing with CSKA Moscow in July 2019. The deal included a team option for a second season that the Russian club did not exercise. Koufos was the biggest paid American player in Europe, although he did not see much playing time before Covid-19 interrupted the season. He averaged a mere 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 9.6 minutes per game.
Koufos has been working out in Canton, Ohio, his hometown. He is reportedly interested in joining the close by Cavaliers. Cleveland might need to find cheaper frontcourt depth, especially if free agent Tristan Thompson chooses to sign with a contender. The team expects Andre Drummond to pick up his $28.7 million option for next season, but he may end up being traded. Ante Zizic has signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv after spending the last three season with Cleveland. Fedor notes that Jordan Bell, who signed with the Cavaliers in June, is seen as a small-Ball centre and not a traditional big man.
Fedor was present for one of Koufos’ recent workouts and notes that he is still in top shape and send to have improved his perimeter shooting.
Koufos was a first-round pick by the Utah Jazz in 2008 and spent a season and a half there before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had also played for the Grizzlies, Nuggets and Kings, but got into only 42 games for Sacramento in 2018/19 before he left for Europe.