There has been quite a bit of talk regarding the Golden State Warriors this off-season. Obviously, the signing of free-agent guard Andre Iguodala, one of the hottest commodities of the summer, got people talking. However, there has also been a lot of discussion around NBA circles about the Warriors big Aussie center, Andrew Bogut.
For the first time since being traded to the Warriors in the 2011-2012 season, Bogut is fully healthy heading into training camp and, fingers crossed, the regular season. The coaching staff has come out and said that they don’t plan to limit his minutes and that they plan to go all-out when it comes to keeping Bogut on the floor and involved in what they’re trying to do.
If Bogut can stay healthy, show a bit of durability, and get back to his peak form this season, it could wind up making him a lot of money, something I wrote recently. Bogut will become a free-agent at the conclusion of this season and, if he has a big year, could draw some big dollars to match his year from some NBA teams.
However, Bogut seems to like where he is right now with Golden State. In an interview with Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Bogut was asked if he had talked with the Warriors about an extension. He simply replied by saying, “I want to stay.”
Bogut went on to elaborate when prodded, saying that he hasn’t had talks with the team yet, but that he loves basically everything about the Warriors organization and wants to stick around if he can. He also added that he knows he has to prove his value because of his recent injury history.
There’s obvious reason for Bogut to like the situation with Golden State with Igudoala, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes all comprising a dangerous young core that will be lethal in years to come. Now all he has to do is go out and prove that he’s worth keeping around.
In his peak season in 2009-2010 with the Milwaukee Bucks, Bogut played in 69 games and averaged 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor. If his full health this season means he can get back to those numbers or somewhere close, I see no reason that he won’t get his wish and get to stay and continue to grow with this Warriors team.
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