Bogut, 33, was released by the Lakers earlier this month and cleared waivers about 10 days ago. He was hardly seeing any minutes for the purple and gold, averaging just 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in nine minutes per game. He has bounced around quite a bit over the past few years, spending time with the Mavericks and Cavaliers last season, and now the Lakers. His next team will be his fourth since he and the Warriors parted ways after the 2015-16 season.
Despite a relative lack size in their frontcourt this season, the Cleveland Cavaliers do not plan to bring back a familiar (and available) seven-footer.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported Saturday that the Cavs have no interest in a reunion with Andrew Bogut, who was officially released by the Los Angeles Lakers this weekend. McMenamin notes that Cleveland’s roster is already full.
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. https://t.co/sIbnvqEVEM
The 33-year-old Bogut averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.0 minutes per game across 24 appearances for the Lakers this season. As hinted above, he was briefly a member of the Cavs last season but suffered a broken leg just 58 seconds into his Cleveland debut and never played another game for them.
Bogut has been a fringe contributor to the Lakers, starting just five games and averaging only nine minutes per contest. He will hope that, wherever he lands, the tenure there goes better than it did when this happened last year.
“All the hype with what his dad has done with the brand means people want to knock him down,” said Bogut of the rookie guard. “People love it, people hate it. Fortunately that reflects on Lonzo as well, but he is the complete opposite to what I thought.
“He is softly spoken, has a good sense of humour and doesn’t say a lot,” Bogut went on. “Nobody’s had any issues with him. People’s true colours come out as the season goes on, but I don’t think he’s like anything that’s been reported.”
Ball and his family have indeed attracted more than their fair share of ire. But everybody in Lakerland raves about Ball’s talent and leadership ability, and it certainly has to mean something if he can soften Bogut’s heart of stone.
Ingles and Bogut have, of course, been longtime teammates on the Australian national team. The Jazz also have fellow Aussie Dante Exum on their roster.
Bogut, 32, is coming off a down 2016-17 campaign in which he averaged a career-worst 2.9 points per game before suffering a season-ending injury in highly unfortunate circumstances. But while he wouldn’t start over All-NBA center Rudy Gobert, a first-big-off-the-bench role in Utah could be perfect for the former No. 1 overall pick at this stage of his career.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are feeling the fallout from Andrew Bogut’s injury.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports on Wednesday that Bogut, who has officially been ruled out for the remainder of the year with a fractured left fibula, cost the Cavs nearly $1 million in salary and luxury tax and bringing in another player to replace him could cost them another $1 million. With the Cavs facing a luxury tax bill that is nothing short of obscene, McMenamin adds that they could choose to waive an additional player (most likely swingman DeAndre Liggins) in the hopes of receiving some cap relief.
Liggins, who will turn 29 later this month, is averaging just 2.8 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 13.9 minutes per game for the Cavs this season. But he has provided them solid second unit value as a defensive specialist and has even started 19 games on the year.
The Cavaliers already have a few targets in mind to replace Bogut (whose injury you can see video of here). But doing so would almost certainly come at the cost of a useful wing defender, though JR Smith’s imminent return from thumb surgery should help soften the blow.
Bogut was just signed by the Cavaliers after being bought out by the Philadelphia 76ers, to whom he had been traded via Dallas. One complaint the Warriors had about Bogut at the end of his tenure in Golden State was his injury history. Unfortunately the Cavaliers are immediately experiencing that.
Cleveland had been considered the favorite for the 32-year-old Bogut, who officially secured a buyout from the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week. While a few other teams had been mentioned as possible suitors, the Cavs offer the best chance for the Australian big man to win his second NBA title.
Bogut may only be averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game this season. But he gives Cleveland their first true seven-footer since Timofey Mozgov left in free agency as well as a legitimate rim protector, a role that has been filled on a makeshift basis by the undersized Tristan Thompson.
With Bogut’s ex-Dallas teammate Deron Williams also agreeing to sign with the Cavs and Bogut himself now having a prime opportunity for revenge against his old gang in Golden State, it’s getting real scary in Cleveland again.