In the midst of the Cleveland Cavaliers' historic championship win, Sasha Kaun was definitely lost in the middle of all of the excitement. To be fair, Kaun spent the previous seven seasons with CSKA Moscow, winning five Russian League titles and five VTB United League titles as well as a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
When the Clippers lost Cole Aldrich early in free agency, it wasn't much of a surprise. He had a stellar season and a contract above the MLE, which was the most the Clippers could have offered, was pretty likely--especially when Timofey Mozgov got an absurd 4-year, $64 million deal, setting the market for centers at an unprecedented high level. The hope for the Clippers, after using their exceptions to shore up the small forward position with Wesley Johnson and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, was that they'd be successful in bargain bin hunting at other positions. This summer more than ever, finding quality role players at the minimum would be sifting through the table scraps, and it was a very real