Andrew Bogut is expected to sign with a new team next month, according to a report.
The New York Times’ Marc Stein reports that multiple teams are interested in Bogut. The center is expected to sign with a new team after the trade deadline passes on Feb. 8.
Andrew Bogut is being courted by a multiple playoff teams and is expected to sign with a new club after the Feb. 8 trade deadline, according to league sources
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 19, 2018
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.
The Cavaliers are not expected to have interest in a reunion with Bogut.
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
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 6, 2018
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.
A veteran depth piece like Bogut shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a new home on another playoff contender. But as for the Cavs, it seems that they have their sights set a bit higher when it comes to the center position.
For the second consecutive season, Andrew Bogut is going to be given the chance to go from the wilderness to a championship contender.
Yahoo Sports’s Shams Charania reported Saturday that the Los Angeles Lakers will release Bogut, freeing him up to go to a better team.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are releasing center Andrew Bogut. With Lakers at 11-27, this allows sides to part ways and Bogut to pivot toward signing with a playoff team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2018
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.
Andrew Bogut is quickly learning that Lonzo Ball the teammate is entirely separate from Lonzo Ball the brand.
In an interview with Roy Ward of the Canberra Times that ran Sunday, the LA Lakers veteran big admitted that Ball is nothing like he expected him to be.
“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.
The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly adding some depth to their frontcourt.
The Vertical’s Shams Charania says Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers.
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2017
Bogut signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers last season after receiving a buyout from the Dallas Mavericks. But the center broke his tibia in his Cavs debut, so he only played in 27 games last season.
Bogut is said to be fully healed, which led him to pick between teams. He has apparently decided on the Lakers, who have Brook Lopez, Ivica Zubac and Thomas Bryant on the roster at center.
Joe Ingles is summoning his countryman to The Beehive State.
The Utah Jazz forward made the case on Tuesday for free agent center Andrew Bogut to sign with the team.
“I would love for him to come over to Utah,” Ingles said to the Australian Associated Press. “He’s got a connection there already and if they want to take him I’ll happily have him.”
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.
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