Andrew Bogut made a surprise return to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors earlier this month. It was so surprising, in fact, that even his agent was caught off-guard.
Bogut relayed a funny story in which the Warriors’ interest in bringing him back to the NBA developed so quickly, his agent didn’t even realize he was talking to them until Bogut informed him.
“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut said, via Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f—? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?'”
There were hints of interest early in the month, but it certainly sounds like Bogut only had eyes for the Warriors when he realized he could play in the NBA again. It also sounds like it came together very, very quickly — so quickly that his agent was initially caught flat-footed.
The Golden State Warriors are adding a familiar face to provide frontcourt depth in time for the postseason.
Following a season in which he was named the MVP of Australia’s National Basketball League, Andrew Bogut has agreed to a deal to return to the Warriors. Bogut’s agent told Shams Charania of The Athletic on Wednesday that the center has received clearance from the NBL and will sign with Golden State on a one-year, league minimum contract.
Bogut and the Warriors will now work to finalize a one-year, minimum contract. The NBL’s MVP is expected to hold a formal press conference soon with the Sydney Kings to announce his move. https://t.co/aXN82DW7x5
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 6, 2019
Bogut, 34, last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged just 9.0 minutes per game. He was with the Warriors when they won their first NBA title in 2015, and his performance with the Sydney Kings this past season led to several contending teams showing interest in him. Assuming he can continue to perform like he did overseas, Bogut will provide Golden State with solid bench depth down the stretch.
Andrew Bogut is returning to the NBA in a familiar place.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Golden State Warriors are poised to sign Bogut for the remainder of the season once he receives his letter of clearance from the Australian league’s Sydney Kings.
Bogut, who was also targeted by both the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics, will provide center depth for the Warriors. He was with the team when they won their first NBA title in 2015, but was ultimately a financial casualty after the team signed Kevin Durant one year later.
Bogut is coming off an MVP season for the Sydney Kings, where he posted 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. The Warriors will welcome him back, and he should provide valuable frontcourt depth for the squad.
Andrew Bogut left the NBA last year to sign with an Australian team, and he showed enough with his play overseas that multiple teams are interested in adding him for the stretch run.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are among the contending teams that are interested in signing Bogut, who just finished an MVP season with the Sydney Kings.
Multiple contenders, including Golden State and Philadelphia, are expected to express interest in upcoming free agent Andrew Bogut. His season has ended in playoffs of Australia’s NBL, where Bogut was league MVP and DPOY, and he will take some time to decide on next team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2019
Bogut, 34, last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, where he averaged just 9.0 minutes per game. While the level of competition is much different in the NBA, teams obviously believe he can still provide front court depth.
LeBron James is in a tier of his own atop a loaded free agent class this summer, and there has been a lot of talk about multiple players signing with the same team to alter the landscape of the NBA. According to one veteran player who has seen how these things work from up close, we should brace ourselves for a very exciting offseason.
Andrew Bogut, who played for the Golden State Warriors for four years and knows plenty about so-called superteams, insisted this week that handshake deals are already in place and more superstars will be joining forces.
Have the popcorn ready for this offseasons @NBA FA dramas! Don’t be fooled, most big deals are already done “verbally”. More superteams are cometh…
— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) June 12, 2018
We’ve heard a number of scenarios that range from reasonable — like LeBron James and Paul George signing with the Los Angeles Lakers — to incredibly farfetched, such as LeBron potentially joining the Golden State Warriors since he can’t seem to beat them. There’s also still a possibility that LeBron could remain in Cleveland, but the Cavaliers would almost certainly need to add another star player in order for that to happen.
Chris Paul is another player who is set to become a free agent, and he and LeBron have made it no secret that they want to play together. If LeBron tells a team like the Lakers they can’t have him without CP3 and/or Paul George, they’d almost certainly try to make it work.
For what it’s worth, one of LeBron’s former teammates seems to have a similar offseason forecast to the one Bogut gave. There are maybe only one or two teams that can challenge the Warriors with the way things currently stand. LeBron is going to do everything he can to change that this summer, and forming a new “superteam” may be the only way to accomplish that.
Andrew Bogut signing to play professional ball in Australia is no joke.
Bogut was introduced on Monday as the newest member of the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in Australia. The Aussie native reportedly signed a two-year deal with the team and has made his full commitment to the squad. Reporter Olgun Uluc says Bogut has no outs in his contract that would allow him the ability to leave for the NBA or Europe.
Andrew Bogut says there are no NBA outs in his deal. No Euro outs, either. He’s committed to the Sydney Kings for two years, and says he’s retired from the NBA.
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) April 24, 2018
What’s really interesting is that Uluc reports that Bogut is becoming a minority owner in the team with 10 percent ownership. Bogut has his eye on becoming a 50 percent shareholder eventually.
Andrew Bogut says that part of his negotiations with the Sydney Kings was to ultimately become a major shareholder. He has 10%, as part of this deal. He eventually wants 50%.
— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) April 24, 2018
Bogut played 23 games for the Lakers this season. The former No. 1 overall pick was a major factor — especially defensively — for the first half of his career. He hasn’t been much of a presence as he’s bounced around the NBA the past few seasons. For his career, he averaged 12.4 points, 11.1 rebounds and two blocks per game.
Andrew Bogut’s NBA career may be over after he elected to head back to Australia.
The NBL’s Sydney Kings announced on Facebook, via ESPN, that Bogut was joining the team, leaving the NBA after 13 seasons.
Bogut turns 34 in November, and this may be an indication that his time in the NBA is coming to an end. He’s dealt with numerous injuries during his career, particularly recently, and never signed with a new team after his release from the Los Angeles Lakers despite indications he would do so.
Bogut, a former first overall pick, would conclude his NBA career with averages of 9.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. A former All-NBA selection, he won his first and only championship in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors.