NBA Rumors: Warriors Intend to Sign Andrew Bogut Ahead of 76ers, More

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2019

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: Andrew Bogut of the Kings looks on during warm up before game two of the NBL Semi Final series between the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United at Qudos Bank Arena on March 03, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
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The Golden State Warriors intend to sign veteran center Andrew Bogut for the remainder of the 2018-19 NBA season, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Haynes added Bogut will sign with Golden State "after he receives his letter of clearance from the Sydney Kings of Australia's National Basketball League." Haynes noted the process takes "about 48 hours."

This comes on the heels of a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium that said the Warriors were the front-runners to sign Bogut. 

On Sunday, Charania reported Bogut was deciding on a new NBA team after spending this past season with the Sydney Kings. He noted that "multiple contenders" were interested, including the Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. Bogut last played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017-18 campaign, appearing in 23 games.

He was named the NBL Best Defensive Player and was also an All-NBL First Team selection this past season. In his NBA career, Bogut has averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, and he won a championship with the Warriors in the 2014-15 season.

Golden State could use the center depth behind starter DeMarcus Cousins, with players like Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell earning minutes in that role. Damian Jones was seeing time at center. He started 22 games for the Warriors this season while Cousins was out with a ruptured Achilles, but Jones is recovering from a torn pectoral.

It's unlikely Bogut would see major minutes off the bench, especially in the postseason if the Warriors face teams that like to play small. But for teams with more physical presences at the center position, the 7-footer would offer an experienced big body to battle down on the block. 

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That will give head coach Steve Kerr more lineup variation as the Warriors seek to earn the top seed in the West and win a fourth title in five years.