Andrew Bogut Contract: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Warriors C's Future

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Denver. Golden State won 118-105. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is under contract through the end of the 2016-17 season, but he hasn't hidden his desire to stay in the Bay Area long term. 

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Bogut Eyeing Stability Down the Line

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Speaking to USA Today's Sam Amick on the NBA A to Z podcast, Bogut reiterated he's happy with the Warriors and would be amenable to sticking around as Golden State seeks to build a dynasty:

Look, we’ll definitely have the discussion (with management this summer about a possible extension for Bogut). There’s no doubt about it. I’m not a greedy guy…I know at what point in my career I am, and I definitely want some stability and to remain in the same place if I can. Obviously this is a great team we have going, and I want to remain here. There’s no doubt about that. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. I’d love to stay. I’d love to never be a free agent…I’m happy to stay here if it’s good for both parties, and we’ll see where we’re at.

According to Basketball Insiders, Bogut is making $13.8 million this season before his salary dips to $12.6 million for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the emergence of young center Festus Ezeli could conceivably make him expendable down the line, the veteran big man is an intimidating presence who regularly disrupts opponents' close-range shots. 

This season, Bogut is averaging 6.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in a career-low 19.8 minutes per game. The Warriors have also posted a defensive rating of 96.7 with him on the floor this season—2.1 points better than when he's been on the bench, according to NBA.com's stats database. 

The Warriors have been at the forefront of the NBA's small-ball revolution, so Bogut's role may only continue to shrink as the years go on. But if he's willing to give Golden State a hometown discount, it would be hard for the defending champions to say no. 


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