HoopsHype Andrew Bogut rumors

October 25, 2013 Updates
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“The NBA needs to have a game in Australia,” Bogut says with a sort of righteous indignation. “We’ve been to every other continent. Australia is the biggest international supporter of the NBA. We were No. 1 international league pass subscriptions. No. 1 in international merchandise sales. In the summer, if you go to the beach, everyone’s wearing NBA tops and NBA hats. The English Premiere League has been there,” Bogut said. “The NFL has played a preseason game there. NHL has been there. The Dodgers are coming (in 2014). Everyone but the NBA has been to Australia.” Contra Costa Times

"A hard lesson learned," Bogut said after totaling 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. "We're the top dog now. Teams are going to come after us ... especially teams that aren't supposed to beat us on paper, they're going to give us their best shot. If we don't come to play -- especially against a free-flowing team like Sacramento who gets up and down, shoots a lot of threes -- it's going to be a tough game." San Jose Mercury-News

October 22, 2013 Updates

Warriors center Andrew Bogut said he's perfectly fine and downplayed his injury in China that had Golden State fans holding their breath. "It wasn't anything bad," he said after Monday's practice, his second straight. "It was just precautionary." Contra Costa Times

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Bogut took two blows from behind as he backed down Pau Gasol and then turned to sweep in a left-handed hook shot in the game’s opening three minutes. When the big man retreated to the defensive end, he grimaced and reached for his back as it appeared to seize up on him. Jackson saw the discomfort immediately and called for Mo Speights to sub into the game. When Bogut checked out, he walked right past the bench and hobbled to the locker room, with head athletic trainer JoHan Wang chasing. Bogut never returned to the game. In fact, he was never seen again on the bench. “There’s no concern,” Jackson told reporters in his postgame news conference. “He actually waved me off and wanted to stay in the ballgame, but we’ve got plenty of time to make sure he’s healthy and whole, and that’s important closing out this preseason.” San Francisco Chronicle

So naturally, I wanted to put that theory to the test. Is that, in fact, the generally agreed upon totem pole these days? It doesn't appear to be the case. I asked six front-office executives, reached via text message and granted anonymity to inspire honesty and avoid tampering charges, to rank the best centers in the NBA. The results: Executive No. 1: Marc Gasol, Noah, Lopez, Hibbert, Howard, Omer Asik. Executive No. 2: Howard, Gasol, Noah, Hibbert, Cousins. Executive No. 3: Howard, Gasol, Hibbert, Noah, Andrew Bogut, Lopez, Tyson Chandler, Chris Bosh, Al Horford Executive No. 4: Noah, Gasol, Hibbert, Anderson Varejao, Howard Executive No. 5: Howard, Gasol, Nikola Pekovic, Noah, Lopez Executive No. 6: Howard, Lopez, Gasol, Tim Duncan, Noah, Cousins, Jonas Valanciunas. USA Today Sports

Andrew Bogut got the ball on the left low block, with Pau Gasol on his back. He took a couple dribbles towards the middle then spun back to his left, dropping in the left hand hook. This was at the 9:26 mark of the first quarter. Running back down court, Bogut began to grimace and hold his lower back. Moments later, he was taken out of the game. He limped straight to the locker room. Not exactly a sight Warriors fans wanted to see. Bogut was done for the night, knocked out of the second and final preseason game with lower back spasms. No word on the severity of the spasms, but safe to say the 12 hours of flying back to the United States will be uncomfortable. Contra Costa Times

October 17, 2013 Updates

Joe Lacob: All I will say is that we traded for Andrew (and I seem to remember taking some heat about that!!!!) and we really like him a lot. He makes us much better and is a perfect fit for our style of play and the constitution of our team. He is healthy and looking great. Personally, I hope he is a Warrior for a long time. The rest is in the hands of Bob Myers and his representatives. San Jose Mercury-News

Neither side wants negotiations to linger too long into the season, which opens Oct. 30 for the Warriors, so they expect some type of resolution to come quickly. Either Bogut will sign a three-year extension with the Warriors, or he'll use this season as an audition for the other 29 teams in hopes of landing a four-year deal in July. "For sure, it's good to hear that they're talking," point guard Stephen Curry said in a phone interview from Shanghai on Wednesday. "We kind of hoped that this would take place, sooner rather than later. He's a guy who has put in the work to get healthy and has shown how important he is to our team. Hopefully, this all works out." San Francisco Chronicle

October 16, 2013 Updates

The Warriors and Andrew Bogut have opened negotiations on a contract extension designed to keep him off the free-agent market in July, he told NBA.com, with Bogut willing to make major concessions to stay but also looking for payback from management for pursuing Dwight Howard last offseason. NBA.com

Bogut said team officials started conversations with agent David Bauman last week, before the Warriors left Oakland for exhibition games in Beijing and Shanghai against the Lakers. Bogut expects talks to heat up once Golden State returns to the United States following the Friday night contest (7:30 a.m. ET, NBA TV). The issue will come to some resolution by early in the regular season: either he will have a new deal soon or he will become a free agent because neither side wants the discussions dragging long into 2013-14. NBA.com

Bogut watched and agreed with the pursuit of Howard. But he also remembered. He plans to remember all the way to the negotiating table. “Oh, of course,” he told NBA.com “A hundred percent. Yeah. It’s nothing personal between business. I definitely remember that. That’s just a part of the NBA and a part of business. You want to get as much as you can for your worth and they want to get as much as they can out of you and they want to get as much as they can from anyone. “I definitely don’t believe that there was nothing there. I believe there was something there. And if I was sitting in the GM’s position with the Golden State Warriors, I’d make that deal. It’s a future Hall of Fame center for a guy that was banged up and struggled through a season. I can’t take personally. It’s a business. They’re trying to get better. Obviously it does play on your mind a little bit in the offseason, but that’s part of business. At the same time, if I do become a free agent, I’m going do what I can to do what’s best for myself.” NBA.com

Asked if he has started to look at other teams and consider how he would fit, Bogut said: “Not any thought. Not any thought at all, to be honest. And I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t like to and I wouldn’t want to during the season. I’m committed to the Golden State Warriors right now, to be here. But my agent has told me there’s been some teams that have been calling. My agent’s told me there are some teams that are very interested and are prepared to sign me. We’ll see what’s that worth and go from there.” NBA.com

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