Andrew Bogut Reportedly Drawing Interest from 4 Teams After Leg Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2017

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 06: Andrew Bogut #6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after getting hurt in the first half while playing the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena on March 6, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Four NBA teams are reportedly showing interest in free-agent center Andrew Bogut as he nears a complete recovery from a leg injury suffered in March.

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported Bogut is scheduled for a bone scan Tuesday and is optimistic about signing a contract next week.

The 32-year-old Australian signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in early March after getting waived by the Philadelphia 76ers following a trade from the Dallas Mavericks. He suffered the injury just a minute into his tenure with the Cavs.

Health setbacks were a major issue for Bogut during his time with the Milwaukee Bucks early in his career, but he showcased better durability with the Golden State Warriors. He played at least 67 games in each of his final three seasons with the Dubs before joining Dallas.

He can still be an effective interior presence, having averaged 10.0 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 671 career games.

In June, Bogut told Steve Aschburner of NBA.com he believes there's still a niche for old-school big men despite the trend toward post players who can stretch the floor offensively.

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"If you look at a lot of the teams with stretch 5s, a lot of them have rebounding issues generally," he said. "I know it's not a max market for big guys, but you can still make a decent living from doing the little things. I like to think I do a lot of good things that go unnoticed as well. Teams I've played for, teams that have played against me know the value I have."

Himmelsbach didn't identify which teams were interested in Bogut, though he reported in August the Boston Celtics had been "in contact" with the center's representatives.

The San Antonio Spurs, who could use more post depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol, could be another contender to at least consider the Aussie.

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