Andrew Bogut linked to shock National Basketball Association return

The Golden State Warriors expect to sign their former center Andrew Bogut soon, a source told ESPN, although there are formalities that have to be completed before a contract can be signed.

Multiple contending teams are expected to have interest in Andrew Bogut.

Bogut, 34, was the league MVP this past season with the Kings.

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 spent the bulk of his National Basketball Association career playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, who drafted him in 2005, and the Warriors, who he joined in 2012. Now playing in Australia with the Sydney Kings, the Aussie native was in talks with a few contenders to rejoin the NBA and on Monday, word broke that the Warriors were among the favorites to pick the former first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft up.

"The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed interest in trying to get a big man and with Embiid coming back from a knee injury, they could use another big man potentially".

The report noted that Bogut's representatives are working this week through a letter of clearance process from the Sydney Kings of Australia's NBL.

However, with the Raptors, Bucks, and Nuggets looking like serious threats this year, adding Bogut will give the team needed depth and one more experienced weapon to turn to come April.

During his time in the NBA, Bogut averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots through 694 games. And it's no shock that it started with Cousins, who has built up a reputation as a loose cannon and one of the league's most immature players.

  • Steve Townsend