Report: Cavaliers expected to sign Croatian sharpshooter Damjan Rudez

by Jun 15, 8:25 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting ahead of the game in beginning their offseason shopping before the NBA Finals have even wrapped up.

The Cavs are set to bring Croatian sharpshooter Damjan Rudez stateside for next season, according to a report from Eurobasket.com. The two sides are said to currently be working on a deal, meaning the Cavs piqued Rudez's interest more than Utah, Indiana and Toronto, who were all reportedly interested.

The 27-year-old Rudez went undrafted in 2008 but has made waves on the international basketball scene for some time. At 6-foot-10 and with a smooth stroke from long range, Rudez profiles as a floor-spacing reserve forward, probably at the three rather than at power forward.

Over the past three seasons, two with CAI Zaragoza and one with KK Cibona, Rudez has averaged 10.8 points, two rebounds and 1.4 assists, shooting 49.9 percent from the floor and 45.8 percent on threes. He has also played for the Croatian national team in international competition, appearing at the 2008 Olympics and the FIBA EuroBasket tournament in 2011 and 2013.