Andrew Bogut‘s visa issues have been rectified and the Australian big man is expected to travel to Oakland on Saturday, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters, including Mark Medina of The Mercury News (Twitter link). However, Bogut will not play in any of Golden State’s upcoming road games against the Thunder, Spurs and Timberwolves.
“I didn’t think it made sense for him to fly across the country after flying across the world so he will probably just meet us in the Bay [Area] when we get back, more than likely,” Kerr said.
If Bogut skips the road trip, his first game with the Warriors will likely be this coming Thursday against the Pacers at Oracle Arena. He will have 12 games to get comfortable in the Warriors’ rotation as the team prepares for the playoffs.
Bogut, 34, spent four seasons with the Warriors from 2012-14. He has not appeared in the NBA since he suited up with the Lakers for 23 games last season. This season, Bogut played with Australia’s Sydney Kings. Bogut’s arrangement calls for the center to return to Australia after his quick NBA stint.
“To come back to the NBA, for me, was basically Golden State or nothing,” Bogut said of his return. “But the fact it was Golden State — it was the kind of opportunity that I would be kicking myself if I didn’t take.”