1:33pm: The Warriors have officially signed Bogut, the team announced today in a press release.
11:18am: Andrew Bogut, who spent the 2018/19 season in Australia’s National Basketball League, has obtained the letter of clearance required to make the move from the NBL to the NBA, agent David Bauman tells Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). We had heard on Monday that Bogut intended to sign with the Warriors once he received clearance.
With the primary roadblock out of the way, Bogut will now work to officially finalize a one-year, minimum-salary contract with Golden State, Charania adds (via Twitter). The former No. 1 overall pick is expected to join the Warriors sometime during their four-game road trip next week, sources tell Mark Medina of The San Jose Mercury News. That trip begins in Houston next Wednesday (March 13) and concludes on March 19 in Minnesota.
According to Medina, Bogut also still has to work out logistical details related to his U.S. work visa. He’s mulling whether to have the visa shipped to the U.S. consulate in Sydney or to fly to America on a tourist visa before acquiring his work visa in Vancouver, Medina notes.
Once Bogut sorts out those details, he’ll fill the final open spot on the Warriors’ 15-man roster. As we detailed on Monday, it’s not clear whether that will be Golden State’s final roster move this season. The team had reportedly been considering the idea of adding a wing – perhaps Damion Lee – with that open roster spot, and will have until the last day of the regular season to make any further changes.
Bogut, 34, hasn’t appeared in an NBA game in more than a year, having played his last game for the Lakers on January 1, 2018. However, he was named the MVP and the Defensive Player of the Year in Australia’s NBL this season, making a case for an NBA roster spot by leading the league with 11.7 RPG and 2.7 BPG.
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