Andrew Bogut, Lakers Agree to 1-Year Contract After 1 Season with Mavs and Cavs

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Veteran Andrew Bogut has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced on Tuesday.

On Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Bogut's agent, David Bauman, said he reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Los Angeles.

Bogut played with the Milwaukee Bucks for the first seven seasons of his career and the Golden State Warriors for the next four before an injury-shortened 2016-17 campaign. The Warriors traded him to the Dallas Mavericks before the 2016-17 season, and he was eventually traded to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the Nerlens Noel deal.

He didn't play a single game with Philadelphia before he was waived, but the Cleveland Cavaliers picked him up. However, Bogut proceeded to fracture his tibia in his first game with Cleveland, and the team's release said he was expected back by training camp for the 2017-18 season.

Bogut won't be the same impact player on the offensive side for the Lakers as he was in 2009-10 with Milwaukee when he scored 15.9 points per game.

He posted 2.9 points a night in 27 games in 2016-17, although he grabbed 8.4 rebounds per game in his 26 contests with Dallas and was a Second Team All-Defensive member as recently as 2014-15.

The 7'0" big man can be a productive piece of the frontcourt rotation as a rim protector and someone who can clean up the glass. What's more, he can serve as a veteran leader who understands how to play in critical, pressure-laden contests and who has won a championship with Golden State and reached the Finals the next year.

Bogut has 58 playoff games on his resume and will look to accelerate the Lakers' rebuilding process and add to that total as a veteran presence in a frontcourt that also includes Brook Lopez, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.


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