Report: Warriors are frustrated with Andrew Bogut
The Golden State Warriors apparently are frustrated with Andrew Bogut, and that could lead to the team trying to trade him, one report says.
CSN Bay Area’s Monte Poole reports that the Warriors drafted Vanderbilt center Damian Jones with their first-round pick in last week’s NBA draft in part because of their dissatisfaction with Bogut.
From Poole’s report:
Drafting Jones also was, according to league sources, an indication of the team’s frustration with starting big man Andrew Bogut, who is a candidate to be moved should the Warriors succeed in their pursuit of upcoming free agent Kevin Durant.
The Warriors, should they win the race to KD, will have to shed salary and several sources indicate they’d like to move Bogut as much if not more than anyone else.
What has led to the team’s frustration with Bogut? According to Poole, many things.
For one, the Warriors have been frustrated by Bogut’s injury isssues. The center suffered a knee injury in the NBA Finals and missed the final two games of the series. They apparently feel he should be putting up better rebounding numbers. And though they do not have huge expectations for him on the offensive end, they feel like he can be more engaged on that end. Lastly, the Warriors may be questioning Bogut’s “fortitude,” something previous head coach Mark Jackson also questioned, leading to Bogut’s contentious relationship with that coach.
Bogut is under contract for $12.68 million next season and becomes a free agent after that. It will be interesting to follow this situation if the Warriors are unable to land Durant and therefore have less reason to trade Bogut. Would Bogut want to return to a team that may be frustrated with him for all these reasons?