Andrew Bogut and Warriors Agree to 3-Year, $43 Million Extension
The Golden State Warriors have locked up center Andrew Bogut to a multi-year extension.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 25, at 9:48 p.m. ET
From Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:
Bogut's bonus kicks in on new deal if he meets one of following: AllStar, allNBA, all-NBA def, Def Player of Year or 65 games, source said.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) October 26, 2013
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UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 25, at 9:08 p.m. ET
From the Warriors:
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Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher broke the news and reported the team will hold a press conference at 6 p.m. PT (9 p.m. ET) on Friday.
Warriors apparently have extended Andrew Bogut. Details coming. Team press conference at 6 pm PT.— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) October 25, 2013
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the extension would be for three years and $43 million.
Andrew Bogut has agreed to a three-year, $43 million extension with Golden State, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 25, 2013
NBA.com's David Aldridge noted that both Bogut and the Warriors wanted to get a deal done before the season started.
Warriors, Andrew Bogut announce presser tonight. They've reached agreement on three-year extension, per league source. Both sides wanted it.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) October 25, 2013
Last year was Bogut's first with Golden State, after moving from the Milwaukee Bucks in a trade that sent Monta Ellis the other way. He averaged 5.8 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 7.7 rebounds in just under 25 minutes per game with the Warriors.
The biggest question mark surrounding the Warriors' season is what they'll be able to get out of Bogut. Injuries have limited the veteran big man to just 44 games over the past two regular seasons.
How many regular season games will Andrew Bogut play this season?
The former No. 1 overall pick received a clean bill of health back in September and should be 100 percent when the 2013/14 season officially begins.
However, he's already had to allay fans' fears after he seemed to tweak his back in a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18 (h/t San Jose Mercury News' Marcus Thompson II).
Should Bogut return to the player he was in Milwaukee, Golden State will have the perfect post complement to its outside shooters. Few big men are as skilled as Bogut when it comes to passing out of the post. In addition, his defensive presence inside will play a pivotal role on the other end of the court.
With this extension, the Warriors are banking on Bogut staying healthy and helping the franchise take that next step to one of the elite teams in the NBA.
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