Warriors front-runners for Bogut

Arnold Nichols
March 7, 2019

Bogut, who has been playing basketball in Australia since being waived by the Lakers a year ago, has received attention from NBA teams recently as they prepare to fortify their rosters in preparation for a playoff push.

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are among "multiple contenders" interested in signing the 34-year-old center, The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted on Sunday.

Bogut has been in Australia, his native country, playing for the Sydney Kings since 2018.

One of these teams is the Golden State Warriors, who Bogut won a championship with in 2015.

Andrew Bogut could be bound for the Bay Area.

Even though his numbers last season for the Lakers were modest - 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game - Bogut's experience can not be discounted.

He averaged 11.6 points for the Sydney Kings this past season, earned the NBL Best Defensive Player Award and was voted to the All-NBL First Team.

The 34-year-old towering center is coming off a standout campaign in Australia and could help the Warriors shore up their big-man depth as they chase a third consecutive National Basketball Association championship and fourth in five seasons. A source said Bogut is expected to get FIBA clearance this week, but the work visa could take seven to 10 days to arrive.

He has career averages of 9.7 points on.535 shooting, 8.7 boards and 1.6 blocks over 28.4 minutes a night.

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