Andrew Bogut and the Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Late Monday night, Shams Charania broke the news of Andrew Bogut taking his talents to Hollywood. The Los Angeles Lakers are bringing on the Australian big for one season that’s reportedly worth $2.3 million.
Last year wasn’t ideal for the 32-year-old. Bogut appeared in just 27 total games with the Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers after spending the four previous seasons with the Golden State Warriors. The Dubs traded Bogut in July of 2016 to Dallas for a second-round pick to help clear cap space to sign
Quiresultan Kevin Durant.
For Dallas, the seven-footer averaged 8.4 boards and one block a night in just 22.4 minutes. The Mavericks traded him in February to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that returned Nerlens Noel. Philadelphia waived Bogut four days later. He then signed with the Cavaliers, where he tenure lasted about 60 seconds.
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During his debut, Bogut broke his leg almost immediately after entering the game. Cleveland then waived him.
Now, Bogut looks to give the Lakers depth in their frontcourt. More specifically, a legitimate rim protector. For most of his career, he’s played the defensive anchor role quite well and was was huge during the Warriors’ run in 2015. Los Angeles doesn’t have anyone like that on their roster, and periodic five-to-seven-minute runs are enough to slow down an offense that’s in rhythm.
Since coming into the league in 2006, Bogut has recorded 1,070 blocks, which is the eighth most among active players over that span.
Magic Johnson has picked up another player who can make an impact every now and again — and he did so for cheap. Bogut isn’t the defender he used to be, and he’s easy to expose in the pick-and-roll, but he’s someone who can be a leader and a mentor to the Lakers’ young frontcourt talent.
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