Storyline: Andrew Bogut Free Agency

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4 months ago via SBS

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.

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 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.”

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.

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.

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.’’

“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.”

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.”
1 year ago via ESPN

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.
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And if it doesn’t heal? “There’s a chance, yeah,” he said of the possibility of surgery at some point. “The path I’m on right now, the MRI shows it’s gotten a little better. But there’s a chance (he could need a procedure). It’s a tricky situation and hard for me to say. It’s very frustrating. Recovery-wise, I get out there and work out and feel OK, and it’ll bother me the next day.”