Andrew Bogut mulling offers from NBA teams but career is ‘up in the air’ with back injury
With the Australian NBL about to come to an end, 35-year-old big man Andrew Bogut has reportedly received some interest from a number of NBA teams. The belief was that the 7-foot center made his way home to his native of Australia this season as part of his retirement run, but Bogut’s outstanding form this term has had some NBA teams calling.
Bogut admits that he remains open to a potential return to the United States, but that a lingering back issue might turn out to be a huge stumbling block for him.
“There are only have a few [NBA] teams that I would probably look at more seriously out of the others,” Bogut said, via Sarah Keoghan of The Sydney Morning Herald. “It definitely will be a decision made on my body.”
It’s interesting to think about which teams Bogut will be willing to sign with in the NBA. His ties with the Golden State Warriors — the team he won his one and only championship back in 2015 — will almost certainly make them a contender for his signature. The Dubs were reportedly already looking at re-signing Bogut last year, so perhaps there could be a reunion down the road.
As he said, however, it will all be determined by how his current injury plays out. Bogut is also looking forward to the upcoming Summer Olympics, which is currently where his focus lies.
“Once things slow down, after the Olympics, I have a decision to make,” he said. “It’s just being smart and that’s why the decision about going back to the NBA will be part of it. I want to be healthy for Tokyo.”
Bogut will be 36 next season, so even if he makes a return to the league, we should not expect him to have the same impact he had five or six years ago.