Andrew Bogut may not have to travel far to find his next NBA team.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports on Friday that the Cleveland Cavaliers do indeed have interest in the former No. 1 overall pick but that they will face competition for his services, “primarily” from the Houston Rockets.
Bogut, 32, was traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline as part of the return package for Nerlens Noel. He is expecting to be waived by the Sixers in the next few days.
As for the Rockets, Bogut might not be a great fit considering all the young frontcourt players they have coming off the bench. 23-year-old Montrezl Harrell and 22-year-olds Sam Dekker and Clint Capela are already squeezed enough for second-unit minutes as is. But veteran bodies will never not be useful come playoff time, so maybe Houston shoots their shot with the Aussie.
Andrew Bogut could actually return to the Golden State Warriors once he is a free agent. But would the Warriors have interest in signing him? That’s another question.
Bogut was traded by the Dallas Mavericks to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday as part of the Nerlens Noel deal. Philly was looking to trade Bogut before the deadline passed but was unable to do so. They are likely to buy him out of his contract, which would make him a free agent. And that’s what led to the questions about whether he would return to Golden State.
The NBA has a rule that prevents teams from reacquiring a player they traded, but The Vertical is reporting that the rule only applies to the team that most recently traded the player (Dallas). That makes Golden State eligible to bring back Bogut.
The San Jose Mercury News’ Anthony Slater says he doubts there is interest in a reunion.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 24, 2017
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Warriors are “undecided” about their interest in Bogut.
NBA's reacquisition rule doesn't apply to GSW, because Dallas becomes most recent to waive Bogut. G-State undecided on its Bogut interest.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 24, 2017
The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in signing Andrew Bogut if the center becomes available, according to a report.
ESPN’s Chris B. Haynes says the Cavaliers have been monitoring Bogut as a potential buyout candidate.
Cleveland has been monitoring Andrew Bogut all season as a potential buyout target.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 23, 2017
Bogut was with Dallas to start the season and knew it was a possibility he would be traded prior to the deadline. He was part of the Mavericks’ trade with Philly that yielded Nerlens Noel.
Reports say the 76ers will look to trade Bogut to another team after acquiring him from Dallas. If they are unable to do so, he would likely be bought out of his contract and become a free agent.
If Bogut becomes available and signs with Cleveland, then he would be playing for the Cavs in the playoffs a year after facing them in the NBA Finals as a member of the Warriors.
The Dallas Mavericks are acquiring Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the NBA trade deadline.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the news on the trade and says the Mavs are sending Philly Justin Anderson, a first-round pick, and Andrew Bogut’s expiring contract for Noel.
The 76ers have been trying to move Jahlil Okafor to fix their surplus of big men, but they haven’t been able to find the right deal yet. Instead they are trading Noel, who was the No. 6 pick in 2013.
The former Kentucky big man will be a restricted free agent after the season, and the Mavericks are hoping to sign him long term.
Bogut was in his first season in Dallas and has expected to be traded prior to the deadline. He is on an expiring contract and making $11 million this season. Philly may choose to buy him out or trade him elsewhere.
Philly likely re-routing Andrew Bogut, just acquired from Dallas w/Justin Anderson & pick for Nerlens Noel. Boston possibility, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) February 23, 2017
Anderson is in his second year in the NBA after being a first-round pick in 2015 out of Virginia. He has just been a bench option at forward thus far in his career.
The first-round pick Dallas is sending Philly doesn’t have as much value as you would think on the surface. ESPN’s Marc Stein says it is protected for spots 1-18 in the first.
Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut is expecting to stay put for now.
Bogut was asked recently if he anticipates being moved by the team prior to the February 23 trade deadline.
“That’s not a question for me to answer,” the 32-year-old said, per Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Sports News. “But I don’t think anything’s going to happen.”
Bogut was singing a different tune just last month, which makes sense given the theoretical market for rim-protecting, ball-moving bigs. One prominent Eastern team was also said to have interest in acquiring him recently.
But Bogut’s offensive game has fallen off a cliff (he’s averaging a career-worst 3.0 points per game this season) and various lower body injuries have limited him to just 26 appearances on the year. Those kinds of production and durability concerns severely depress his value, making it seem likely that the former No. 1 overall pick will remain in Dallas through the deadline.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to pursue upgrades on the trade market.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cavaliers are eyeing a number of potential upgrades, including Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jose Calderon, Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut, and Mavs point guard Deron Williams.
The problem is, as ever, Cleveland’s limited resources. Pulling off a trade will be difficult, if not impossible, due to the team’s general lack of depth and salary cap flexibility.
Making matters worse from the Cavaliers’ perspective is that, according to Stein, Williams and Bogut would not be very interested in a buyout after the trade deadline, eliminating a means by which Cleveland could get them on the team in a manageable way.
Bogut has made clear that he expects to be traded. It likely won’t be to the Cavaliers, though, who simply lack the resources to swing a deal of that magnitude without giving up something they would very much want to keep.
The Dallas Mavericks are quickly becoming the Bad News Bears of the NBA.
Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said Saturday that center Andrew Bogut is out for Sunday’s game against Minnesota as well as “for the foreseeable near future” with a strained right hamstring, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com.
Rick Carlisle says Andrew Bogut is out Sunday vs. Minnesota and "for the foreseeable near future" with his right hamstring strain.
— Earl K. Sneed (@EarlKSneed) January 14, 2017
Bogut, 32, has only been able to suit up in 22 games this season for the 12-27 Mavericks. He holds averages of just 3.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game on the year and appears to have accepted the reality of his decline.
With Bogut a trade candidate ahead of the February 23 deadline and also due to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, this latest health development could have a major impact on his basketball future.