Report: Cavaliers expected to sign Croatian sharpshooter Damjan Rudez

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.

Jul 2, 10:59 AM

Report: Pacers ink Euro sharpshooter Damjan Rudez to 3-year deal

Jul 2, 10:59 AM

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European forward Damjan Rudez has reached an agreement on a three-year deal with the Indiana Pacers, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Pacers have expressed an interest in improving in the shooting department on the free agent market, and bringing in the 6-foot-10 Rudez to play as a stretch-four, helps fill that need.

Rudez is expected to receive a portion of the team's mid-level exception. The Pacers are also in discussions with free agent guard C.J. Miles on a deal which would pay him a "bigger financial portion" of that exception.

Rudez has played for Zaragoza of the Spanish ACB, shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc in the ACB season, and 52 percent from three in the 16-game Euro Cup.

Rudez went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft, making him eligible to sign as a free agent.

Feature photo courtesy of Getty/ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

Jun 11, 5:22 PM

Report: Several teams interested in European free agent Damjan Rudez

Jun 11, 5:22 PM

At least four NBA teams are reportedly interested in the services of free-agent forward Damjan Rudez, a  6-foot-10 Croatia native.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports noted that the 27-year-old has been working out with the Cleveland Cavaliers this week, while the Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz also have interest in his services. 

Rudez averaged 10.7 points on 49 percent shooting this season with CAI Zaragoza in Spain, in addition to 1.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds through 36 games.