NBA Rumor: Andrew Bogut Free Agency

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Andrew Bogut via a note posted on social media informed that he will not re-sign with the Sydney Kings. The 2015 NBA champion still hopes to return, as he previously admitted that the Olympic Games moved to 2021 can keep him active for one more season. “I have decided not to sign with the Sydney Kings or any professional sporting team for that matter for the time being,” he wrote, “With everything going on the world the future does not look too clear, most notably in regards to sporting leagues worldwide.”

Andrew Bogut via a note posted on social media informed that he will not re-sign with the Sydney Kings. The 2015 NBA champion still hopes to return, as he previously admitted that the Olympic Games moved to 2021 can keep him active for one more season. “I have decided not to sign with the Sydney Kings or any professional sporting team for that matter for the time being,” he wrote, “With everything going on the world the future does not look too clear, most notably in regards to sporting leagues worldwide.”

Steve Kerr open to Andrew Bogut's return

Bogut will return to the Sydney Kings for his second year in the NBL but Kerr has revealed he’s more than keen for a repeat of the late-season cameo he made for the three-time NBA champions. “We loved having Bogues at the Warriors last year,” Kerr told The Daily Telegraph. “I think it was really good for him to play in Sydney. Part of that was just being home. It’s a better lifestyle than the NBA. But yeah, (Bogut returning to the Warriors) is something that I’d be into again.”

Bogut, 34, spent this season starring for the Sydney Kings in his native Australia and, by his own admission, was convinced “that the N.B.A. door had shut.” But the Warriors began lobbying Bogut to rejoin them in December and made it to March with a roster opening for the 7-foot center, who wasn’t available to be signed until the Kings’ season ended last weekend. “I was kind of blown away,” Bogut said in a telephone interview from Australia. “This wasn’t a situation where I threw my hat in the ring to try to get signed in the N.B.A. I wouldn’t do that.

The Warriors found someone that will help them through the NBA dog days. They found someone that could provide a short-gap solution to their defensive inconsistency. They found someone that will bring reminders of the Warriors’ unmatched joy and excitement when they won an NBA championship for the first time in 40 years. The Warriors are about to sign Andrew Bogut, and the expected acquisition has left the their star player feeling nearly every emotion imaginable. “It’s exciting, weird and a blast in the past,” Stephen Curry said, grinning. “All of that combined.”

It’s not exactly what Curry envisioned after the Los Angeles Lakers waived Bogut after playing 24 games last season amid the team’s want to maximize cap flexibility in free agency. Nearly three months later, Bogut signed with the Sydney Kings. “I figured once he went to Australia,” Curry said, “that’s the last time we would see him in NBA circles.” The Warriors still had monitored Bogut “for a while,” according to a team source. They also sent representative to see Bogut play in Australia. The Warriors liked obviously that Bogut won the NBL’s MVP award and Best Defensive Player Award for averaging 11.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks with the Sydney Kings. Most importantly, they felt encouraged with Bogut’s health and conditioning after he had become hobbled with injuries at the end of his 13-year NBA career.

The 33-year-old understands the position he holds in the Australian sports community, and wanted to make it clear that his decision to sign in Sydney wasn’t just for show. “I think that’s the wrong mindset,” Bogut said of even thinking about NBA out clauses. “It only hurts the game and the NBL and myself. I wanna come back here and be fully committed.” “It’s like, I’m staying. I’m committed to you guys. I wanna be in Australia. Like I said, if I’m gonna commit to it, I’m gonna commit to it.
3 years 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.
4 years 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.”
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