JANUARY 5, 11:07am: Speaking today to reporters, including Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News (Twitter link), Bogut said that he hasn’t requested a trade, but he also hasn’t begged the Mavs to keep him. The veteran center does have personal reasons for wanting to stay in Dallas, per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com (Twitter link).
It’s worth noting that Bogut was given the opportunity to pick his destination when the Warriors traded him last summer, and reportedly chose Dallas over Houston and Philadelphia. Of course, at that time, he expected the Mavs to be a contending team this season.
JANUARY 4, 9:36pm: After an offseason trade from the Warriors last summer, Australian center Andrew Bogut is likely to leave Dallas. The veteran Mavs big man spoke over the phone with Australia’s Sky Sports Radio:
“Thankfully I’m a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on. I don’t see myself hanging around with everything that’s gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead.”
In 18 healthy games with the Mavericks this season, Bogut has averaged a career low 3.3 points per game. In December, the 32-year-old missed three weeks with a right knee injury.
Relegated to the bench ever since Dirk Nowitzki returned to the lineup, a move that ESPN says he initiated, Bogut has seen his role shrink dramatically. He’s scored just two points in the three games since he returned to action on December 27.
Considering the big man’s expiring contract, it’s well within reason that he gets moved prior to the trade deadline in February and his contributions as a defensive presence in the paint will make him that much more appealing to club’s looking to stock up for the final stretch of the regular season.
“I’ve got a valuable contract … having four months left on my contract I’m a valuable commodity to be moved,” he said in the same interview.
Last October, Carson LaCava of Fansided’s Mavs Moneyball speculated that Bogut’s tenure in Dallas wouldn’t last long. In the 17 seasons since Nowitzki was drafted, LaCava writes, Dallas has started nine different centers for at least half a season.