Storyline: Andrew Bogut Free Agency

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1 month ago via ESPN

Ohm Youngmisuk: While Andrew Bogut played sparingly and the Lakers wanted to free up a roster spot to take a look at other players instead of guaranteeing Bogut’s contract for the year, the veteran center will be missed in the Lakers’ locker room. Besides being one of the best defensive communicators as Luke Walton often points out, Bogut was a mentor for many of the younger Lakers and kept it real by speaking his mind and pointing out when players needed to do things better. With the team on a nine-game slide, the Lakers can use the extra roster spot to find another potential 10-day prospect or a shooter.
7 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.
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February 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update