After negotiations with the Kings, which involves a small stake in the team, Bogut signed a two-year deal and confirmed on Tuesday that he’s retiring from the NBA, after spending 13 seasons in the world’s top league. The catalyst for the move, he says, wasn’t just choosing to spend time with his family in Australia, but committing to it. “I’ve been through a lot but so has my wife,” Bogut told foxsports.com.au.
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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.
Olgun Uluc: Andrew Bogut says there are no NBA outs in his deal. No Euro outs, either. He’s committed to the Sydney Kings for two years, and says he’s retired from the NBA.
Sydney Kings: A new king to come: Andrew Bogut. BREAKING: Press Release with details-10am Monday EST Australia.
NBL: No, it is not April Fools. @andrewbogut is #NBL19 bound with the @SydneyKings 😱😱😱 More to come tomorrow 👀
Andrew Bogut: Bingo!
Veteran center Andrew Bogut announced Tuesday that he will not return to the NBA this season, forgoing a potential 10-day contract with a team.
In a statement on Twitter, Bogut said his wife was diagnosed with a high-risk pregnancy with their second child. She is not allowed to travel to the United States through the pregnancy, according to Bogut, so he decided to stay with her in Australia rather than sign with a team.
Gery Woelfel: David Bauman, Andrew Bogut’s agent, told me “the good news is Andrew will be in the playoffs.” Bogut is considering four teams, all playoff-bound ones. Bauman expects Bogut to sign with a team early next week.
Andrew Bogut is chillin’, waiting for the trade deadline to pass before he decides to sign a free-agent contract. The veteran center, who was let go by the Lakers, has drawn interest from several teams but figures to sign with a playoff-bound team.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal Kings Managing Director Jeff Van Groningen has already reached out to Bogut personally and will follow up with his agent David Bauman. Van Groningen first flagged the idea of luring Bogut home two years ago and he wanted to reinforce Sydney’s interest.
Van Groningen stressed the franchise would like to open talks with Bogut if the NBA champion returned to Australia in the coming years. “If Andrew indicated that the NBL was something that he’d like to look at, we would love to talk to him,” Van Groningen said.
Andrew Bogut is a free agent. And, yes, the Milwaukee Bucks have interest in him. Bogut, who played his first seven seasons in the NBA with Milwaukee after the Bucks made him the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 draft, was recently waived by the Los Angeles Lakers. League sources said Monday night Bogut has cleared waivers.
That means Bogut is free to sign with the team of his choice. I was told shortly after Bogut cleared waivers that at least two teams expressed interest in signing him. The Bucks weren’t one of those teams, although a Bucks official said Bucks general manger Jon Horst, along with his staff, have thoroughly discussed the pros and cons of signing Bogut. It is believed Bogut won’t make a decision until at least Wednesday.
Dave McMenamin: The Cavs have no interest in Andrew Bogut, a league source told ESPN. For one, they already have 15 players on their roster. His Cleveland career will remain at 58 seconds played.
Ryan Ward: Ivica Zubac on Andrew Bogut: “Great teammate. He was a great teammate for everybody. He helped me so much with him being able to speak Croatian. Helped me a lot.” #Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Andrew Bogut, it was announced today. Acquired by the Lakers on September 19, Bogut played in 24 games (five starts), averaging 1.5 points (.680 FG%) and 3.3 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.
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.
Bobby Marks: The Lakers will have a $1.1M cap hit on the Andrew Bogut waiver. The veteran will clear waivers on Monday Jan. 8 and is eligible to be claimed by a team that has an open roster spot. The Lakers now have 14 players under contract.
Serena Winters: Rob Pelinka said analytics showed Lakers had one of the lowest % in stopping other teams at the rim, and Andrew Bogut can come in & be a ‘paint protector.’
Lakers: OFFICIAL: Lakers Sign @andrewbogut Matthew Dellavedova: Congrats @andrewbogut 👍🇦🇺
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.
Kyle Kuzma: Two utes in LA👀 @andrewbogut
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.
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If that “somewhere else” was OKC, how would the fanbase react considering they are still applying aloe vera to soothe the burns of two summers ago? Newly elected Oklahoma City mayor David Holt is a lifelong Oklahoman. He served as chief of staff under the previous mayor, Mick Cornett. The two played significant roles in bringing professional basketball to The Big Friendly. “I am fully aware how Thunder fans have felt since July 4, 2016, because I feel it, too,” Holt said. “And I think we’ll feel that way forever if the status quo is maintained. Yet all KD would have to say is ‘I choose you,’ and virtually all fans would forgive him.”
Gabe Ikard was an All-American lineman for the Oklahoma Sooners. Now retired from football, the longtime Thunder fan co-hosts Franchise Players for 107.7 The Franchise in Oklahoma City. Those dual titles grant him solid insight on the psyche of the fanbase. “Durant’s departure to the Golden State Warriors resulted in the biggest backlash to a player’s free-agency decision in the history of sports,” Ikard said. “I’m not quite sure he expected that extreme of a reaction. I’m not sure Oklahomans thought that they would react so severely to his decision either. “But,” he added, “no one thought it would be Golden State. I find it hard to believe people that say they would not welcome him back,” Ikard said. “It’s easy to call him a snake and cupcake now. But if he was dropping 40-plus in Thunder blue again, a lot of fans would find forgiveness quickly.”