The Golden State Warriors are trying to lock up their core players and they made another step towards their goal today.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors have reached an agreement with center Andrew Bogut to extend his tenure for the next three years after signing a three-year, $42 million contract.
The Warriors are really going out on a limb with this one as it’s a move that could pay huge dividends for a franchise that’s looking to establish as a Western Conference powerhouse for the foreseeable future. If Bogut is able to stay healthy through the next three seasons, then the Warriors could be considered as a force in the West as he’s a solid player who could be a difference maker.
The problem, however, is that Bogut’s biggest issue in his NBA career is that he’s been incredibly prone to injury.
The former Milwaukee Bucks center has been limited to several physical issues in recent years as he has played only 44 games the last two seasons. He was able to return down the stretch for the Warriors last season, however, and produced solidly next to David Lee in the starting lineup. His presence could allow shooters Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry to have more space in the perimeter as now the Warriors would have offensive weapons inside and outside the paint.
Bogut’s new deal will start in the 2014-15 season, and the Warriors have all the hope that he can stay healthy enough to make his presence felt during the time of his contract. If he’s able to do it, then the Warriors have made an incredible move that will allow them to be an even more dangerous team than last season.
But then again, that’s a big “if” considering Bogut’s track record.