The Golden State Warriors are reportedly interested in a reunion with center Andrew Bogut. Bogut played this year in the NBL, an Australian league, but his season just ended. He has interest in returning to the NBA, and the Warriors are intrigued.
Multiple contenders, including Golden State and Philadelphia, are expected to express interest in upcoming free agent Andrew Bogut. His season has ended in playoffs of Australia’s NBL, where Bogut was league MVP and DPOY, and he will take some time to decide on next team.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2019
Golden State has one remaining roster spot to fill before the playoffs, and their options have become limited. Some buyout candidates, such as Robin Lopez and DeAndre Jordan, never were waived by their teams. Other veteran buyouts, like Pau Gasol, Wayne Ellington, and Wesley Matthews, were quickly scooped up by other playoff squads who could offer them more minutes.
While guard Damion Lee is now the most likely option for the 15th spot, it seems the Warriors may prefer to sign a big center, in case DeMarcus Cousins has an injury setback. And Bogut certainly fits that bill.
The Warriors, of course, are very familiar with Bogut. They acquired the seven-footer in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2011-12 season, and kept him until the summer of 2016, when he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks to clear cap space for Kevin Durant.
Bogut had some shining moments with the Warriors, and in 23.7 minutes per game he averaged 6.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 1.7 blocks, while providing stellar defense. He won a title during the 2014-15 season, and also was second-team All Defense that year.
Since leaving the Warriors, Bogut has had a rough go of it, as he suffered multiple injuries. In the two years post-Golden State, the former number one overall pick played in just 50 games, before returning to his home country this season.
But he’s stayed healthy this year, and averaged 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.7 blocks per game, while winning both league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year.
So, what do you think, Dub Nation? Who would you like to see earn the 15th roster spot?
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