The Golden State Warriors are now pretty major players in the Western Conference. After a good run in the playoffs last season, the Warriors are looking to take things to the next level in 2013-14. Nearly everyone is back from last year’s team and Andre Iguodala has been added to the mix. But one guy whose future is in question, is none other than center Andrew Bogut.
It’s clear that even in today’s NBA, having a solid big man is key to success. Bogut is no doubt big, but he’s battled injuries throughout his entire career. This season will mark the last one on his current contract, and with that, extension talks have begun.
Bogut’s current deal has been paying him an average of $12 million per season. The only problem is that he’s never played in all 82 games. Over the past two seasons, he’s started and played in a combined total of 44 games. That’s not exactly what you want from your big man, but there’s no doubt he’s an asset when healthy.
The two sides are said to be talking things over as we speak and that they want to strike a deal soon. If an agreement can’t be reached in the near future, though, negotiations will not linger into the season and the team will let Bogut become a free agent. Logic would lead you to believe that the Warriors could save themselves some money by signing him now.
The wrinkle to this story is that Bogut says his agent has been contacted by other teams and that he hasn’t forgotten about the team’s pursuit of Dwight Howard this past summer.
Bogut seems to fit in well with the Warriors, but the big question is whether or not they’re willing to pay the big bucks to a guy with a long history of injury problems.