NBA Rules That Warriors Can Sign Andrew Bogut

Today’s trade that sent Andrew Bogut from Dallas to Philadelphia will make him eligible to return to the Warriors right away, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Normally, a player who is traded cannot rejoin his original team for a full year. Golden State shipped Bogut to Dallas on July 7th as a way to clear cap space to sign Kevin Durant. However, the NBA determined that the provisions of its reacquisition rule shifted from the Warriors to the Mavericks when they became the last team to trade him (Twitter link).

The ruling doesn’t mean that Bogut is a lock to go back to the Warriors. First, he must agree to a buyout with the Sixers, which seems likely. Then he must clear waivers, which is also probable as few teams have the cap space to absorb his hefty salary.

Once Bogut hits the open market, the Warriors will have to compete with other suitors. The Rockets, who have $3.54MM in cap space available, will make an effort to sign him, as will the Cavaliers and Spurs. Golden State is well over the cap, but Bogut might be tempted to accept a lesser offer to rejoin the franchise where he won an NBA title and set a league record for victories in a season.

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26 thoughts on “NBA Rules That Warriors Can Sign Andrew Bogut

    • I don’t know how he’s a fit with the cavs. Do they need a big man? He’s almost ineffective in the playoffs. He gets hurt or doesn’t play many minutes. Sure he’s a rim protector but it’s only for perhaps half dozen possessions in the fourth quarter of a playoff game. I see the Cavs go after someone else like a wing player

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      • The Cavs don’t have any “traditional bigs” outside of Thompson and Love. Frye is more of a stretch four while I’m sure LeBron/RJ/Derrick Williams will get minutes at the 4 as well. I don’t see them going after another wing player though considering how many they already have. LeBron, Shumpert, JR Smith, RJ, Williams, Korver, Liggins, McRae is plenty.

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  1. God they haven’t even waived him yet and there’s a pack of bloodthirsty wolves ready to pounce

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  2. SocraticGadfly

    For the record, what IS the official cap hit for both Bogut and D-Will, since Dallas has officially waived him? And, then, what teams could take on either player on a waiver claim?

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  3. mackows2

    My uncle works in the Bucks front office, look for them to make a waiver claim if he is waived. The trade of Hibbert was reactive to the Noel/Bogut trade in an attempt to bring back the former #1 pick of the franchise to solidify their front line defense as they make a push to the playoffs.

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  4. Bluesman

    As a Cavs fan, I don’t care if they get Bogut or not. When he was starting for the Warriors in the 2015 finals, the depleted Cavs were able to keep up with G.S., but as soon as they replaced Bogut with Iguodola, and put Green at center, the whole series changed. Bogus was a stiff against the Cavs, so unless he’s improved, why would the Cavs want him?

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    • myaccount

      Because one series doesn’t make a player and their front office knows that.

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    • Bryzzo1744

      Are you really a fan or did you hop on the wagon when James came back?

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  5. Wellington igunbor

    It’s a win win situation the cavs are either getting bogut or Larry Sanders

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    • Larry Sanders has about three years of rust on him and he was only decent- ish when he was in the league.

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  6. Reflect

    Why does this rule even exist? Yet another unnecessary restriction in the NBA. I wish the league would just let players and teams do what they want.

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    • korn_cakes33

      It’s to prevent any sorta backdoor deals with the player like “we need to trade you to this team, go take a buyout then we will go pick you back up.” It’s an integrity thing. Of all the things the NBA does wrong (like their imaginary salary cap and the rules that go along with it) this isn’t one of them

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      • Reflect

        But who cares if that actually happens? If the other team is willing to give him a buyout then clearly they don’t mind giving him a buyout. Everyone wins.

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        • Its kind of to prevent players from getting traded to one team, only to not report or want to play because they don’t want to be on that team. Granted, the team could choose to suspend the player or something like that. Veterans are more likely to do that since they’re likely chasing rings so it’s to kind of prevent that. If I remember correctly, the rule was instituted mainly because Big Z (back before LeBron left Cleveland) was traded, bought out, and then resigned with Cleveland. I might have my facts wrong, but I remember him being one of the “bigger” cases that either fell under this rule or caused the creation of the rule.

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  7. crazysull

    I think he will land with the Celtics if he is waived or bought out

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    • If I was Andrew Bogut I would go to the Celtics. I would be a huge part of the reason they won it all (if they did.) All they’re missing is a strong defensive Center. It would be huge satisfaction

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  8. Drop that 10 day contract scrub and sign Andrew Bogut. He can play quality defence and doesnt need to play that many minutes.

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  9. Formerlyz

    GS got Kevin Durant, David West, Javale McGee, ZaZa, and Patrick McCaw for Harrison Barnes, Mo Buckets, Leandro Barbosa, and Brandon Rush, and Festus Ezili, who hasn’t played…..unreal. Obviously, they’re signing Bogut.

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