The Golden State Warriors are 20-9 without Andrew Bogut in the lineup this season. Golden State traded away star player Monta Ellis for Bogut last March. Despite the Australian center's absence from the court, the trade has paid dividends for the team.
Still, even at 22-11, the Warriors are not as good as they'd like to be. While Golden State's main goal is to make the playoffs for just the second time in 18 seasons, the ultimate goal of any franchise is a championship.
Even though the Warriors look like a championship contender record-wise, the team has had trouble stopping teams with offensively potent big men, which most playoff foes will have.
Andrew Bogut would cure this woe, along with several other core concerns among Warriors fans. The problem is that there is no timetable for Bogut's return. And even when and if he returns, there is reason to be skeptical that a 7'0", 260-pounder with a history of lower body injuries will remain healthy long-term.
The Golden State Warriors hope Bogut gets back soon and stays healthy, but a successful NBA franchise is not run on hope.
Let's look at how Golden State must prepare for every potential situation regarding the future of Andrew Bogut.
All stats courtesy of basketballreference.com, all contract figures courtesy of hoopshype.com