Andrew Bogut

And-Ones: Bogut, Offseason Additions, All-Stars, Betting

Andrew Bogut has not played professional basketball since his brief stint with the Lakers last season. The former first overall pick made his debut for the Sydney Kings in a preseason contest ahead of Australia’s National Basketball League season, per USA TODAY.

Playing against the Japanese national team, Bogut posted four points, six rebounds and six assists in a 77-57 victory. After the game, Bogut discussed his adjustment to playing significant minutes after not playing for almost eight months.

“I was always just trying to ease into it,” Bogut said. “I haven’t played a game since January. When I played with the Lakers, I wasn’t getting a lot of minutes. It was my first organized hitout in seven months so I just wanted to go as hard as I could in the first half. There’s going to be games in the NBL season when I’m not going to be the leading scorer, I’m not going to be the leading rebound getter. But I know ‘I’m going to still have an impact on the game just because I’m out there.”

Check out more news and notes around the basketball world:

  • ESPN conducted a forecast panel to examine who would be the best and worst newcomers to their respective teams after an offseason of player movement. The panel voted that LeBron James would be the best newcomer as he prepares for his first season with the Lakers; the worst newcomer was voted as Carmelo Anthony, who has verbally agreed to join the Rockets.
  • In the same vein, ESPN also rounded up the same panel to vote on which players will be first-time All-Stars this upcoming season. Once again, Ben Simmons upstaged Donovan Mitchell, as Simmons was voted as the likeliest first-time All-Star for 2018/19.
  • In a lengthy, in-depth piece, David Purdum of ESPN takes a look at how sports betting hit the mainstream, leading up to NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently announcing that MGM Resorts would be the league’s official gambling partner.

Bogut To Play In Australia, Done With NBA

APRIL 23rd, 9:48pm: Bogut said he will play two seasons with the Sydney Kings and that he’s retired from the NBA, Olgun Uluc of Fox Sports Australia tweets. There are no outs in his contract to return to the NBA or play in Europe, Uluc adds.

APRIL 22nd, 9:02am: Andrew Bogut‘s comeback will continue next season in Australia, relays Jake Michaels of ESPN.

The Sydney Kings announced on social media overnight that they are signing the 33-year-old center, who played 13 NBA seasons. A press conference has been scheduled for Monday.

Bogut was never able to re-establish himself in the NBA after fracturing his left tibia in his lone game with the Cavaliers last season. He signed with the Lakers just before the opening of camp in September, but he got into just 23 games before being waived in January.

Bogut told Michaels last week that he turned down offers to join four playoff-bound teams late in the season. He opted to return to Australia at the time to deal with personal issues, including his wife’s high-risk pregnancy and his grandfather’s death.

“I had an offer from one in the east and I got an offer for a 10-day [contract] from a team in the west,” Bogut said. “The one out east was for the rest of the season but I just decided they weren’t great fits for me and the way I play so I just decided to wait it out.

“The other thing I had in my back pocket was there were two other teams that expressed a lot of interest but had some cap space issues and they wanted me to wait until late March, early April to sign so it wouldn’t affect their salary cap as much as it would by signing in January. Those teams called immediately after I was released from the Lakers.”

He added that he was “blindsided” by his release in L.A. and speculated that Lakers management didn’t want to deal with a potential buyout situation.

Bogut spent seven seasons in Milwaukee after being taken with the first pick in the 2005 draft. He was traded to the Warriors in 2012 and became a defensive anchor of their 2015 championship team. He was shipped to the Mavericks in 2016 as Golden State cleared cap room to sign Kevin Durant.

Andrew Bogut Won’t Sign New Deal This Season

Free agent center Andrew Bogut reportedly drew interest from a handful of NBA teams after being waived earlier this season by the Lakers. However, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports (Twitter link), the former first overall pick isn’t expected to sign a new contract before the end of the 2017/18 season.

Bogut intends to put an NBA return on the back burner in order to care for his wife, who is in the midst of a high-risk pregnancy with the couple’s second child, reports Charania. After focusing on his family, Bogut will likely be ready to pursue free agent opportunities for the 2018/19 season on July 1, Charania adds.

Bogut, 33, signed with the Lakers last year, but didn’t play much for the club, averaging 9.4 MPG in 23 games during the first half of the season. He was cut by L.A. in January, and reports in the wake of his release suggested he intended to sign with a new team after the trade deadline. Instead, he’ll sit out the rest of this season.

While Bogut’s numbers for the Lakers were uninspiring, he’s not far removed from a successful four-year run with the Warriors, who won a title during his stint with the franchise. From 2012 to 2016, Bogut appeared in 236 games (230 starts) for Golden State, averaging 6.3 PPG, 8.3 RPG, and 1.7 BPG in 23.7 minutes per contest.

Bogut, Diaw Drawing Interest From Playoff Teams

With the trade deadline gone, now is the time when teams scour the market for veteran help to aid a playoff run. Two players who are currently receiving interest from contending teams are Andrew Bogut and Boris Diaw.

According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon (via Twitter), Diaw, who is currently with the French team Paris-Levallois, has “touched base” with several playoff teams. The 35-year-old is a 14-year NBA veteran with 119 games of postseason experience, including the 2013/14 championship Spurs team. MacMahon notes that teams like Diaw’s locker room presence and unselfish role play.

Diaw last appeared in the NBA with the Jazz last season, averaging 4.6 PPG in 73 games.

As for Bogut, he has yet to latch on with a team since the Lakers released him in early January. Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, tells Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times (via Twitter) that the Australian big man is considering four playoff-bound teams and that,”the good news is Andrew will be in the playoffs.” Bogut is expected to sign next week, Bauman tells Woelfel.

Bogut played sparingly for the Lakers, appearing in just 24 games while averaging 1.5 PPG. However, the 33-year-old brings his own postseason pedigree as he was part of the Warriors‘ 2014/15 championship team. The 13-year veteran has been consistently regarded as a steady veteran presence and defensive asset.

Thunder Notes: Roberson, George, Abrines

A top-five ranked defense took a major hit Saturday evening when Thunder swingman and 2017 NBA All-Defensive Second Team member Andre Roberson had his season end abruptly after rupturing his left patellar tendon. Erik Horne of The Oklahoman opines that the team has two good options: make a trade, or seek a difference maker on the buyout market later this month.

A trade may be difficult, as the Thunder don’t have a first-round pick to trade until 2024, and not many attractive assets with whom the team would be willing to part. The Thunder do have two trade exceptions acquired in the Paul George trade, but the larger of the two exceptions is only worth $2.5MM – an amount unlikely to fit a salary equal to Roberson’s value.

Should the team test the buyout market, Horne mentions Andrew Bogut as a potential option to maintain the team’s defensive prowess, with more names to materialize after the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

Here’s more on the Thunder:

  • George initially being omitted as an All-Star ending up working out in the Thunder’s favor, writes Royce Young of ESPN. George, who will make his fifth All-Star Game appearance in his hometown of Los Angeles on Feb. 18, received an outpouring of support from teammate Russell Westbrook after being overlooked for this year’s event, and George clearly noticed. Now, the two L.A. natives will be teammates on Team LeBron, and it stands to reason that the closer the two become, the more likely it is that George will remain in Oklahoma City.
  • If the Thunder are unable and/or opt not to replace Roberson via trade or free agent acquisition, look for second-year player Alex Abrines to step up his role for the team, reports Brett Dawson of the The Oklahoman. Head coach Billy Donovan stated before yesterday’s game that he “definitely” wants to find more minutes for Abrines, saying of the Spaniard, “I’ve got to find ways to get him on the floor and help him because I think he can help our team.”
  • In his latest piece for Bleacher Report, NBA Capologist Eric Pincus analyzes whether the Thunder will dole out the cash necessary to keep George in Oklahoma City should he wish to stay. Facing the repeater tax and Carmelo Anthony‘s all-but-assured decision to opt in next season, the Thunder could be faced with a roster costing somewhere between $250MM and $300MM.

Andrew Bogut Expected To Sign After Trade Deadline

Veteran big man Andrew Bogut is expected to sign with a new team after the trade deadline, Marc Stein of the New York Times tweets. The 33-year-old is being courted by a number of playoff teams already, Stein adds.

Last seen with the Lakers prior to his release in early January, Bogut is a physical low-post presence that teams hope can still contribute, at least defensively, to a winner.

With the NBA trade deadline approaching and roster flexibility of particular importance, it’s unlikely that Bogut finds a new job prior to February 8. After the deadline, teams said to be interested in the Australian (like the Bucks) should have more roster clarity and are expected to pursue him more aggressively.

Bucks, Others Eyeing Andrew Bogut

At least two teams have reached out to Andrew Bogut‘s camp this week to express interest in the veteran center, reports Gery Woelfel of The Racine Journal Times. According to Woelfel, the Bucks weren’t one of those two clubs, but Milwaukee also has interest in Bogut, and the front office has “thoroughly” discussed the pros and cons of signing him.

Waived over the weekend by the Lakers before his 2017/18 salary became fully guaranteed, Bogut cleared waivers on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent. He’s now free to sign with any team, though he’s unlikely to make a decision until at least Wednesday, per Woelfel. It’s possible it will take even longer than that for Bogut to land with a new club.

Bogut, 33, was selected first overall in the 2005 draft by the Bucks and spent the first seven years of his NBA career in Milwaukee. During that stretch, he averaged 12.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 1.6 BPG in 408 regular season games for the franchise. If Bogut were to return to the Bucks at this point, the team wouldn’t be expecting him to produce at that same level — he’d likely be relied on for part-time minutes up front, where Milwaukee could use some rebounding and rim-protecting help.

The Bucks lost one big man earlier this season when they sent Greg Monroe to Phoenix, and have reportedly been considering a potential veteran addition to complement Thon Maker and John Henson in the frontcourt. The club has been linked to possible trade candidates like DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler, among others.

Cavaliers Notes: Bogut, Trade Exception, Thomas, Thompson

The Cavaliers aren’t interested in bringing back Andrew Bogut, who was waived by the Lakers today, tweets Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Cleveland already has 15 players on its roster and isn’t willing to open a space to take another shot at the veteran center.

Bogut signed with the Cavs in March, but suffered a fractured left tibia 58 seconds into his first game with the team and was subsequently waived. The 33-year-old appeared in 24 games for L.A., but averaged just 9 minutes per night. He is hoping to sign with a contender if he clears waivers Monday.

There’s more news out of Cleveland:

  • Having 15 players with guaranteed contracts makes it unlikely the Cavaliers will use a $4.8MM trade exception before it expires Monday, writes Dan McCormack of AmicoHoops. With the team already far over the salary cap, the front office doesn’t want to take on extra salary that would result in higher luxury-tax penalties. Cleveland is unlikely to hand out any 10-day contracts for the same reason, McCormack adds, with any roster moves expected to come through trades.
  • Isaiah Thomas is making his first start of the season tonight in Orlando, McCormack adds in a separate piece. The high-scoring guard, who was acquired from Boston in the Kyrie Irving trade, put up 17 points in 19 minutes Tuesday in his first game since recovering from a hip injury. LeBron James believes Thomas will provide an instant boost to the offense. “It definitely adds another playmaker on the floor, another shotmaker on the floor, another guy who can command a double-team, especially off pick-and-rolls,” James said.
  • Tristan Thompson has been criticized for his lack of production, but he is beginning to contribute again after returning from a calf injury, McCormack notes in another story. The former starting center, who has taken over Channing Frye‘s role as the first big man off the bench, is averaging eight rebounds per game over the past three contests. “I think it’s getting back into rhythm,” Thompson said. “Especially, a guy like me. My whole strength is flow of the game. You take that away for six weeks, the first couple of games back was like a training camp.”

Lakers Release Andrew Bogut

12:12pm: The Lakers have officially requested waivers on Bogut, the team announced in a press release.

11:51am: The Lakers will release veteran big man Andrew Bogut, giving him a chance to latch on with a playoff contender for the rest of the season, tweets Shams Charania of The Vertical.

Los Angeles signed Bogut to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal in September to provide a veteran presence to a young Lakers team. Bogut’s deal would have become fully guaranteed on January 10 but teams can avoid that by waiving players on non-guaranteed deals by January 7, allowing them to clear waivers before the deadline.

The 33-year-old appeared in just 24 games (five starts) with the Lakers, averaging 1.5 PPG and 3.3 RPG. However, Bogut still provides defensive value and playoff experience as he was a member of the Warriors’ 2014/15 NBA championship-winning team.

You can follow along with all transactions related to the non-guaranteed contracts at this link.

Pacific Notes: Lakers, Curry, Bell, Fox

The business side of the NBA may be distracting the Lakers as the trade deadline draws near, writes Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. Coach Luke Walton criticized his team’s effort after Saturday’s loss to Portland and suggested that some players were “pouting” on the bench. Veteran center Andrew Bogut, who was part of two financial-related trades last season, said that reaction is understandable.

“Pouting? Possibly. Guys are frustrated,” Bogut said. “There are some injuries right now, different rotations. Guys are frustrated, obviously. You would be lying to say that there are guys that are not frustrated on this team. Everyone knows what is going on with the salary-cap situation next season and all that. That is just distractions that we can’t let affect us. That is part of the league, the business decisions that front offices and coaches make. So if that is distracting guys, that is going to be like that your whole career. That is just the nature of this league.”

The Lakers reportedly want to clear enough cap room to offer two maximum contracts in free agency, which means players with high salaries beyond this season such as Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson are expendable, along with Julius Randle, who will have a $14.5MM cap hold this summer. Bogut said he has discussed the situation with the team’s younger players and urged them to not let it affect their performance.

There’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • Warriors guard Stephen Curry is making progress in his return from an injured right ankle, but won’t be ready for the Christmas Day game with the Cavaliers, tweets Anthony Slater of The Athletic. Coach Steve Kerr said the “magnitude” of the game can’t affect the team’s judgment, and it would be “completely irresponsible” to let Curry play.
  • The Warriors may have showcased their frontline of the future Friday night when rookie Jordan Bell started at center alongside Kevin Durant and Draymond Green, Slater writes in a separate piece. Bell became the first Golden State center in nearly four years to post a 20-point, 10-rebound game, continuing his impressive start since being taken with the 38th pick. “The reason he had 20 and 10 is because he had so much space,” Kerr said. “The Lakers were playing every passing lane, so he was just roaming and had plenty of easy hoops. We were kind of waiting to see that combination.”
  • Kings rookie De’Aaron Fox has a partial tear in his right quadriceps muscle, the team announced on its website. Fox suffered the injury December 14 and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The fifth pick in this year’s draft is averaging 9.4 points and 3.7 assists through 29 games.