Warriors, Jazz Discussing Andrew Bogut

July 5 2013 at 12:02pm CDT By Luke Adams

12:02pm: In a follow-up tweet, Stein suggests that perhaps the talks involving Bogut have cooled. According to Stein, the Warriors continue to aggressively explore trade options involving Jefferson and Biedrins, but not Bogut.

That suggests to me that the Warriors are trying to create cap flexibility for a subsequent move while still hanging on to Bogut in case they can't land Howard.

9:49am: The Warriors and Jazz have opened talks on a trade that would send Andrew Bogut to Utah, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein (via Twitter). According to Stein (via Twitter), the Jazz have expressed the strongest interest in the 28-year-old, due in part to Al Jefferson's departure and Bogut's history at the University of Utah.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported earlier today that the Jazz were one of the teams Golden State had engaged, along with the Hawks and Cavs, in an effort to shed the salaries of Bogut, Richard Jefferson, and Andris Biedrins. Berger's report didn't specify whether the Warriors were discussing all three players with all three teams, or particular players with particular teams, but it seems as if Utah, at least, is a potential destination for Bogut.

Of the three contracts the Warriors are shopping, Bogut's is the most expensive at $14MM, but he's also more productive than Jefferson ($11MM+) and Biedrins ($9MM). While Jefferson and Biedrins would likely need to be attached to multiple draft picks to find a taker, Bogut shouldn't be quite as tricky to move. If they were to renounce their current free agents, the Jazz could create more than $25MM in cap space, so there'd be plenty of room to take on Bogut's salary without sending out any players.

Bogut is coming off a pair of injury-plagued seasons, but was a solid contributor for Golden State in the 2013 postseason, averaging 7.2 PPG and 10.9 RPG, with a .582 FG%.

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