Andrew Bogut has accumulated a lot of wear on his 32-year-old tires, and it looks like he has accepted the reality that comes along with it.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, the Dallas Mavericks big man will be coming off the bench for the foreseeable future after volunteering to do so.
“There’s no point of starting with Dirk [Nowitzki] and then getting pulled 30 seconds into a game,” Bogut said after team shootaround on Tuesday. “So I went to coach and said, ‘If you’re going to continue to do that, just bring me off the bench. I won’t be offended. We’ll get on with life.'”
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle confirmed that Bogut went to him last week and requested to come off the bench.
MacMahon also notes that Dallas has had problems pairing Bogut and the 38-year-old Nowitzki together in the frontcourt and have been outscored by 62 points in the 53 minutes the two have played next to each other this season. That makes sense considering the age and the lack of mobility of both players.
Bogut, who has been limited to 18 games this season with a bone bruise in his right knee, is averaging a career-low 3.5 points to go along with 9.9 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks per game. It’s a tough pill to swallow to be coming off the bench for a 10-24 Dallas squad after starting for Golden State Warriors teams that took home the NBA title in 2014-15 and won 73 games in 2015-16. But kudos to the witty Australian big man for embracing the transition gracefully.
Bogut, 32, is averaging 3.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 25.0 minutes per game in 2016-17 but is currently sidelined with a bone bruise in his knee. He is under contract for $11 million this year and will become a free agent after the season.
The Mavericks are 4-17, so it would make sense for them to flip some of their veterans in exchange for assets. Meanwhile, the Celtics are 13-8 but rank 12th in the league in field goal percentage allowed at the rim and 26th in rebounds per game (per NBA.com).
Though Al Horford starts at the 5 for Boston, he’s played roughly 20 percent of his minutes this season at power forward (per Basketball Reference) and could hypothetically switch over to the 4 now that he’s shooting three-pointers with regularity. Pairing him with Bogut in the frontcourt would make for quite the two-way tandem, provided that the Celtics can swallow the injury risk.
Australia was denied a medal in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament by the narrowest of margins, and center Andrew Bogut was about as pleased as Ayesha Curry after an NBA Finals game.
After Australia’s 89-88 loss to Spain in the bronze medal game on Sunday (a contest that featured a questionable foul call against Patty Mills with 5.4 seconds remaining, sending Sergio Rodriguez to the line where he sank both free throws), Bogut went off on the officiating.
“Obviously we are disappointed, at times we felt we were outnumbered on the court for the majority of the game,” said Bogut, per John Ralph of the Herald Sun. “It felt like we were playing a different sport. The superman dived into me and the referees bought it.
“Some of them you could see on the tape how obvious they were,” he continued. “You tap these guys and they go flying and the referees bought it. We tried to adjust knowing what they were going to do but the last two fouls were tough on us.”
Bogut, who himself fouled out in less than 14 minutes of action, then lashed out at FIBA Basketball as a whole, per Hoops Heaven.
Andrew Bogut: "Questionable calls all game. That's FIBA basketball. Wouldn't expect anything less from the refs."
FIBA officials are known to call games a bit more stringently than their NBA counterparts, so Bogut probably isn’t accustomed to being called for the illegal screens and arm bars he usually gets away with. That said, the officiating was somewhat up and down this tournament, and for Australia to play as well as they did and still be denied a medal in the last five seconds of their final game has to be enormously frustrating.
The Australians may be underdogs entering their Group A game against the United States on Wednesday at the Summer Games in Rio, but don’t tell that to Andrew Bogut.
The longtime NBA center refuses to be intimidated by Team USA even though the U.S. team is stacked with NBA stars. After Australia beat Serbia on Monday, Bogut talked about the Boomers’ attitude entering their game with the US.
Bogut: "Teams who ask the Americans to autograph their shoes are beaten before the game begins. But that's not us and we think we can win."
Bogut wanted to issue the autograph warning to his teammates because he’s seen such things happen before.
“(Facing the Americans is) the ultimate test. It’s the best team in the world, the best players in the world, so I think if we go out there with the right mind-set and compete with them, win or lose we’ll be happy with that,” Bogut told USA Today.
Bogut’s fear about having the proper attitude is legitimate. Back at the London Olympics, we saw an opponent ask Kobe Bryant for an autograph after losing to the US (video here).
How are you supposed to beat an opponent when you’re starstruck? The Australian team is full of NBA players like Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes in addition to Bogut, so maybe they’ll enter the contest with the attitude that they belong there.
Underneath that tough Aussie exterior is quote the charismatic character.
After Australia picked up the 87-66 victory over France in the opening men’s basketball contest at the Rio Games on Saturday, center Andrew Bogut delivered this outstanding one-liner about the team’s defensive mentality heading into the competition, per John Schuhmann of NBA.com
Bogut: "Before this tournament, we said our identity's going to be we need to be pricks defensively."
The 31-year-old Bogut, who finished with 18 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists in the upset win, should definitely be pleased. Australia indeed managed to be “pricks” on the defensive end Saturday, playing with physicality and purpose while also showcasing patience and precision on the offensive side of the ball.
Bogut has had his own struggles early on in Rio, but, through it all, he’s managed to stay the same hard-nosed bruiser we’ve all come to know and love. Australia will need that kind of mindset if they are to survive a Group A bracket that also houses the United States.
It’s no secret that the Olympic village where the athletes are staying in Rio is not the most glamorous of places, and Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut provided us with a closer look at it on Monday night.
Using the hashtag #IOCLuxuryLodging, Bogut mocked the housing conditions in a series of tweets. In one of them, he showed himself rigging up a shower curtain so he and his roommate could “shower and not flood the place.”
If you remember, the Australian Olympic Committee previously deemed its section of the Olympic village in Rio uninhabitable, listing a number of alarming concerns about the accommodations after running some early tests. Bogut, of course, is playing for the Australian national basketball team.
According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Monday, the Warriors have agreed to trade center Andrew Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks. Bogut will apparently be absorbed completely into Dallas’ cap space.
Dallas and Golden State have agreed to an Andrew Bogut trade, sources say
Golden State needed to unload Bogut’s contract in order to clear out the necessary room to sign Durant. While there was some buzz that teams might not want to help the Warriors by doing so, all it takes is one to make a deal happen. For a Mavericks squad that has been known to breath life into aging veterans and could really utilize Bogut’s interior defense and ability to juice an offense by making plays from the elbows and rolling hard to the rim, it looks like they will indeed be that team.
The fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision to go to Golden State is spreading far and wide, and some in the NBA are none too pleased with developments. That apparently could complicate Golden State’s efforts to find the cap room to sign Durant.
Aside from renouncing the rights to restricted free agents Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, Golden State’s cap-clearing efforts will almost certainly see Andrew Bogut traded. There will likely be plenty of interest from teams around the league in a player like Bogut, but at least one organization no longer wants him. Why? Pettiness, apparently.
One NBA team exec who says he was previously interested in trading for Andrew Bogut texts he's no longer interested. "I'm not helping them."
If this executive were running my favorite team, I’d be pretty disappointed. Their job is to try to build the best possible team they can, not bitterly spite the Warriors. If Bogut could help this team, what the Warriors are doing shouldn’t impact the other team’s interest.
Whatever the feelings of this particular executive, expect Bogut to be moved for a lot of reasons. Someone will absolutely take him.
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?
Bogut, for his part, wasn’t quite as convinced, saying, “I don’t know how he fell and all that, but tough for interpretation. I blocked his shot. Somehow he cannon-balled right into my shin with his shoulder. It was painful.”
The 31-year-old Bogut was injured when he jumped straight up to block a Smith layup in the third quarter and Smith proceeded to fall into his knee (video here). Bogut was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the NBA Finals and given a six-to-eight week recovery timetable.
It’s hard to imagine there being any intent on the part of Smith, as judging by the replay, it looked like his forward momentum simply carried him into Bogut’s knee. It’s understandable that Bogut is salty since he now has to watch the remainder of this hotly-contested NBA Finals series from the sidelines, but this seems more like a case of an unlucky occurrence rather than one of deliberate malice.