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Shams Charania: Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent David Bauman of ISE tells The Vertical.
The deal is for a veterans minimum of $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter. Sources told ESPN the deal is not fully guaranteed.
David Aldridge: Wolves made major pitch for Bogutl; had playing time/role available behind KAT. Celtics, Cavs also were in mix, but Bogut liked LA vibe.
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According to another league source, that group includes center Andrew Bogut, who considered signing with Boston last February before ultimately agreeing to a deal with the Cavaliers. Bogut broke his leg in his first game with Cleveland, though, and has spent this summer rounding back into form.
Free agent Bogut has said around four unnamed teams have shown interest in his services but his future remains unknown ahead of the season start in late October. Jazz star Ingles has no doubt the 32-year-old Bogut would be a valuable asset after playing key roles for Milwaukee, Golden State and Dallas since joining the NBA as No.1 draft pick in 2005. “I would love for him to come over to Utah,” Ingles told AAP. “He’s got a connection there already and if they want to take him I’ll happily have him.”
In a phone conversation from his native Australia, Bogut, 32, said he plans to resume jumping and full basketball workouts within three weeks. His injury did not require surgery, and he shed a custom carbon-fiber cast a few weeks ago. “The big one was getting cleared to jog. And then just ramping it up week by week,” said Bogut, 32, a veteran of 12 seasons who started 2016-17 with Dallas before being included in a trade-deadline deal with Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel.
To head off any concerns about his leg, agent David Bauman has sent copies of Bogut’s medical clearance and bone scans to interested teams. Bogut said they have a “laundry list” of more than 10 teams with whom they’ll talk, and added that he isn’t worried the injury will dissuade anyone. “I don’t feel like this injury will hurt me long-term, because the bone will heal stronger than it was before,” he said.
Bogut’s season came to an end after he fractured his left tibia less than one minute into his Cleveland Cavaliers debut and the seven-footer has been rehabbing in Melbourne ever since. Speaking with several front office sources across the NBA, the expectation is that Bogut could justify the veteran’s minimum. “Teams will be very careful with him,” one executive said. That sentiment was echoed by an NBA scout, who said: “Bogut will be an uphill battle with injuries.”
In a related move, the team has also waived center Andrew Bogut.
The Cavs still need to make at least one roster move — likely releasing Bogut and potentially guard DeAndre Liggins too — before Sanders can join the team. All of it could happen as soon as Tuesday morning, sources said.
Albert Nahmad: Andrew Bogut, who will miss the rest of season and playoffs with a fractured left tibia, will cost the Cavs $848K including luxury taxes. Cavs can waive Andrew Bogut to free a roster spot to add another player (who on a 1-year min deal would cost $626K on Monday, +/- $20K/day).
Cleveland plans to waive Bogut in order to free up a roster spot to replace the big man who was brought in for his rim-protecting and play-making abilities, a team source told ESPN. Bogut plans to rehabilitate back in his native Australia with his family.
The Cavs plan to make their roster adjustment following their upcoming three-game road trip through Detroit, Orlando and Houston, a source told ESPN. They are more likely to target a free agent and make an offer than to hold an audition-type workout as they have done already with Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich, Jordan Farmar and Larry Sanders without tendering any offers.
According to a team release, Bogut’s tibia has been set and won’t require surgery. The recovery plan will begin immediately with an extended period of immobilization and healing stimulation. Bogut, a free agent at the end of the season, signed with the Cavs for the prorated veteran’s minimum of around $390,000. He is expected to recover in time for training camp, ahead of the 2017-18 season.
In the latest sign LeBron James’ demand for another “playmaker” was misunderstood by pundits, the Cavs superstar called Andrew Bogut one on Friday. “Bogs is gonna add a lot to our team, not only protecting the paint but also screening and also his ability to pass the ball,” James said of Bogut, the 7-footer who signed as a free agent for the remainder of the season with the Cavs Thursday. “He’s gonna give us another playmaker, so, it helps out alot.”
ESPN Cleveland: Brian Windhorst: From what I have heard, the #Cavs are giving Bogut the weekend to get situated. They may not activate him until Monday.
Jeff Zillgitt: Andrew Bogut officially signed with the Cavs today, I’ve been told. Expect a news release from the team soon. He’ll be in uniform Monday.
Marla Ridenour: #Cavs have signed Andrew Bogut. He will be in uniform for Monday’s home game vs Heat. Not joining team on trip to Atlanta & Miami
Marc Stein: Jose Calderon and Andrew Bogut have cleared waivers, according to league sources
Marc Stein: Brandon Jennings and Luis Scola also clear waivers, per league sources. Jennings now free to join the Wiz; Bogut can now sign in Cleveland.
Bogut is expected to sign with the defending NBA champions this weekend and make his debut on Monday against Miami, league sources said. Bogut will fortify Cleveland’s frontcourt alongside Tristan Thompson, Channing Frye, Derrick Williams and Kevin Love, once he returns from knee surgery. Cleveland also signed three-time All-Star Deron Williams on Monday after a contract buyout.
David Aldridge: Bogut’s relationship w/fellow Aussie Matthew Dellavedova also a factor, per source. Delly spoke highly of Cavs’ team and organization.
Jon Krawczynski: Bogut has already informed Cavs GM Griffin that he is coming. Agent David Bauman says it was very difficult decision for him w/BOS, SAS, HOU in mix
Marc Stein: Andrew Bogut had committed tonight to sign with Cleveland this weekend, according to league sources.
Shams Charania: Andrew Bogut has committed to sign with Cleveland Cavaliers, league sources tell @The Vertical.
Marc Stein: Bogut began notifying other teams tonight that the Australian intends to sign with the Cavs when he clears waivers, league sources say
Marc Stein: Jose Calderon, Andrew Bogut and Brandon Jennings can’t actually sign anywhere yet. All three need to clear waivers first Wednesday at 5 PM. But Calderon is committed to Golden State, Jennings is Wiz-bound and Bogut is still talking to teams … with Cleveland still the favorite.
David Aldridge: Andrew Bogut decision not expected until tonight at the earliest as he talks w/teams, per source. Wants certainty on role w/contenders.
The Rockets are a longshot to sign Bogut, according to two individuals familiar with his decision-making though they can offer the largest salary from among the Cavaliers, Spurs and Celtics. The Rockets already have a full contingent of centers, limiting Bogut’s potential role and there is uncertainty about how much time he would need to be up to speed for the post-season.
Center Andrew Bogut, who was waived by the 76ers on Monday, has narrowed his list of potential suitors to five or six teams and the list includes the Celtics, a league source said on Monday night. The source told the Globe that reports stating Bogut has decided to sign with the Cavaliers after he clears waivers on Wednesday are inaccurate, and that the Celtics are very much in contention.
Bogut is hoping to speak to a few Celtics players over the phone on Tuesday to get a gauge on how he might fit with their team, the source said. According to the source, Bogut would like to select his new team by the end of Tuesday.
Joe Vardon: Deron Williams’ contract is worth $407K, will cost Cavs about $900K total (tax implications). Bogut would get same
Andrew Bogut has agreed to a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, freeing him to evaluate his next move, league sources told The Vertical. Bogut has narrowed his next destination to Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio or Boston, and will have conversations over the next 24 hours with general managers and coaches from those teams, league sources said.
Bogut had a phone conversation with 76ers coach Brett Brown and expressed respect for Brown and the team’s culture, league sources said. Nevertheless, Bogut maintained a strong desire to enter free agency and pursue a role on a championship contender.
David Aldridge: Sixers and Andrew Bogut officially reach buyout. Decision tomorrow. CLE favorite; BOS, SA, GS, HOU other suitors.
Shams Charania: Andrew Bogut has agreed to a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, evaluating contenders for deal, league sources tell @The Vertical.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the favorite to sign veteran center Andrew Bogut provided he can negotiate his release from the Philadelphia 76ers by Wednesday, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com on Sunday that Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, and the Sixers remain in active buyout negotiations. The Australian big man is hoping to be waived by Wednesday, which is the last day this season players can be released and remain playoff-eligible with their next team.
Tim MacMahon: Two Mavs sources say they expect Andrew Bogut will choose to join the Cavaliers once he receives a buyout from the 76ers.
The Cavaliers also are monitoring Philadelphia center Andrew Bogut, who is engaged in contract buyout talks to enter free agency. Bogut has had a phone conversation with 76ers coach Brett Brown since his trade from Dallas, league sources said, and he respects Brown and the culture of the 76ers. However, Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.
The Rockets, in particular, have vowed to be aggressive in their pursuit of veterans such as Bogut and Calderon after clearing an additional $3.5 million in salary cap space through their deadline-day trades that shipped out K.J. McDaniels and Tyler Ennis.
Ric Bucher: Source: if it’s Calderon or Bogut, Warriors would add Calderon.
There will be a number of suitors in pursuit of Bogut, who is also eligible to return to the Warriors because he was traded from Dallas to Philadelphia. He is ineligible to return only to the team that most recently traded him, which in this case is the Mavericks. So if the Warriors want him back, they may pursue him. The Cavs have long had their eye on Bogut, but they’ll have competition for him – primarily from the Houston Rockets.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: After an NBA review, @Bobby Marks interpretation is correct: Golden State is eligible to sign Andrew Bogut as a free agent.
Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA’s reacquisition rule doesn’t apply to GSW, because Dallas becomes most recent to waive Bogut. G-State undecided on its Bogut interest.
Marc Stein: The Houston Rockets intend to pursue Andrew Bogut — but not Deron Williams — in the upcoming buyout market, league sources tell ESPN.
Cleveland had pegged Bogut as a potential buyout candidate for the Mavericks, and the Sixers are expected to buy him out of his $11 million contract. The Cavs would be interested in signing him as a free agent.
Michael Pina: Andrew Bogut and Terrence Jones are two players Boston could look to add over the next week.
Marc Stein: With no second trade looming for Andrew Bogut, league sources say Bogut and the Sixers will immediately begin contract buyout discussions.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sources: Barring unlikely landing spot by 3 PM ET, Andrew Bogut, 76ers beginning to engage on buyout talks. Bogut wants to be free agent.
This is a tone different from the robotic rah-rah we’ve come to expect from athletes. But it shouldn’t be taken as an indication that Bogut desires a fast track outta here — or that Dallas is actively trying to move him (yet; the NBA trade deadline is Feb. 23). Bogut insists he’d prefer to remain in Dallas (“There are some personal reasons for why I’d like to stay here, which people don’t know,’’ he noted) and Carlisle, before clamming up, noted, ”He’s one of our best players, one of our most productive players. My conversations with Donnie (Nelson) about it, we’ve talked about re-signing him as a real possibility.’’
Mavs sources confirm this to DallasBasketball.com, though it’s worth noting that Dallas hasn’t offered Bogut an extension, and do not seem inclined to do so. Why? Maybe because Bogut isn’t the only one inside the AAC willing to let the dirty words “trade’’ and “rebuild’’ float into their minds.
“No,’’ Bogut said frankly about him being in Dallas next year. “If you’re asking me today and I had to put my house on it, I’d say no just because if there was an opportunity for me to come back, there would have been at least extension talks, which I’m not bitter about. I’m not mad about. That’s just the reality of it. It’s the writing on the wall. … I very much highly doubt I’ll be back here next season just because I’m an expiring contract and I’m a free agent. I just don’t see it.”
Mavericks center Andrew Bogut says his days in Dallas likely won’t last beyond this season, after which his contract expires. Bogut, who has been relegated by the Mavs to a full-time bench role at his request, said in a phone interview with Australia’s Sky Sports Radio that it wouldn’t surprise him if he was traded before February’s trade deadline.
“Thankfully I’m a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on,” Bogut told Sky Sports. “I don’t see myself hanging around with everything that’s gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead.” Asked by Sky Sports Radio whether he expected to be dealt before the Feb. 23 trade deadline, the Australian native replied, “You never know.”
The Mavericks could offer him an extension although they have rarely done that in recent years. “I’m just playing it out,” Bogut said on Monday. “If discussions start up, discussions start up but right now nothing is going on from either end. They might do it at a later date, whether I do it or not I don’t know. It’s one of those situations where the open market right now has some absolutely ridiculous contracts floating around so my max extension wouldn’t be that hefty compared to being on the open market. The mindset is if it’s offered halfway through the year or down the track it’s a big question because you would be playing with the chance to cash in even more. There is risk and reward to both sides and at this point we haven’t even gone that far.”
Next summer, Bogut will be 32 and a free agent, able to select a championship contender for another run at a ring. Yet his first preference is to stay with the Mavericks. “From what I’ve seen so far I love it,” he said. “It’s much more suited to me as a person. I like California. But Texas, just the people here and the mentality’s a little slower probably than California with the every-day helter-skelter life. Whereas here it’s a little bit different culturally, in a good way. I wouldn’t say California or Texas is better. For myself, it feels like just a cool city. I like it. There’s a lot of good places to go. I didn’t realize how big the Dallas-Fort Worth area is. There’s a lot to do here, a lot of good restaurants and good cafes, a lot of nice people.
“When I first got here I couldn’t believe how nice the people were. People who didn’t even know who I was, just talking. ‘Hello. How are you? How’s your day?’ when you go into a shop. You just don’t hear that anymore. I guess it’s kind of that Texas mentality. I tweeted about it and some people were like, ‘You’re crazy, it never happens,’ but I experienced the first three, four days I was here. People were very nice to me. If I can be here long term, yeah, I’d love to.”
Scott Howard-Cooper: Bogut, a FA after the season, tells me he is enjoying Dallas, the city and the team, and “I’d love to be here” beyond 2016-17. #Mavericks
What is your mindset regarding your NBA future entering a contract year? Andrew Bogut: I’m not really too stressed about it. It will play itself out. I’ve never been a free agent in my career. I’ve always signed an extension the year before I become a free agent, so it’s kind of a new path and a new journey that I haven’t really experienced. I’m not really too stressed about it. I think winning the championship and [earning] some personal, individual accolades early in my career in Milwaukee, I’m just happy to be here. With the injuries that I’ve had, to be in my 12th year is a blessing, but at the same time, I haven’t really left anything on the table yet. I’ll hopefully squeeze out three or four more years. That would be ideal for me, and then figure out what life after basketball looks like for me.
That game illustrated what makes Ezeli such a free-agency conundrum in the coming offseason. A source indicated that Ezeli’s preference is to remain with the Warriors — who have the right to match any offer — under the assumption that he would take over as the team’s starter when Andrew Bogut’s contract is up after next season.
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“Gotta take this one,” he said. When he stepped outside, the name on the screen gleamed back at him: Chris Paul. “I’m in,” Paul said. “What do you mean you’re in?” Harden asked. Harden and Paul were friends, and they had traded texts throughout the season. CP3, he knew, was examining his pending free agent options, and Harden was hopeful Houston was on Paul’s short list, but he was in the dark about where Paul was leaning. “I mean I’m in,” Paul repeated. “I want to come to Houston. I want to play with you.”
“We talked about it, but there was no answer to it,” D’Antoni says. “I wanted him to be MVP. I told him, ‘Let’s go for it.’ But having that and the majority of the offense in his hands was difficult.” The burden, Harden concedes, was too weighty. “It’s pretty tough to be depended on to make every single play,” he says. “It wears on you when you don’t have someone to relieve some of that for you, when you don’t have that guy who you can throw the ball to for three or four possessions in a row and say, ‘Go make a play.'”
“LeBron’s my man, but he didn’t know,” Paul says now. “I didn’t tell him initially because even though we’re so close, we’re also ultracompetitive.” Twenty minutes later, Paul finally revealed his secret. LeBron’s response? He ordered shots of Don Julio 1942 tequila and clinked glasses with his friend. “Be happy,” LeBron said.
While Stephen Curry has won two MVPs, he believes he may be entering his absolute prime. “I hope it is,” Curry told The Athletic. “You go through this NBA journey and every year you learn something else about yourself, about your team, about being an NBA player. Using all that experience to my advantage, the work you put in off the court in the summertime to get yourself ready. I don’t know exactly where the peak is, but I do think I’m the best version of myself to date.”
Game-worn jerseys from the four teams playing on the NBA’s opening night will be auctioned to raise money for hurricane recovery efforts. The NBA and Turner Sports, which will televise the Cleveland-Boston and Golden State-Houston doubleheader on TNT, will use the auction to benefit the One America Appeal. Besides the jerseys, the auction will include items such as game-worn sneakers and autographed items donated by Turner commentators.
With his 15th NBA campaign in store, LeBron James is not just looking ahead to another season in which he can “strive for greatness,” as he often puts it. This year, he’ll also set the mark for the longest-running continuous signature shoe line in league history (Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls career ended with his 14th Air Jordan shoe in Utah). “No one has ever reached number 15 before LeBron,” designer Jason Petrie said. “So it’s a big deal, and we want to make a celebration of technology, style and of LeBron’s game.”