Andrew Bogut says it was a family decision to go to Australia, return to Golden State
Andrew Bogut’s road out of the NBA wasn’t an easy one. After four seasons with the Golden State Warriors, his championship road came to an end when the team traded him to the Dallas Mavericks, soon traded again and waived by the team and look for employment in the league’s free agent wire.
Bogut then joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, as his stint with the team lasting all but 56 seconds before breaking his leg and being consequently waived once again.
It all seemed to take place for Bogut when his name was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers to begin the 2017-18 season, only to get waived by them merely months after signing in the dotted line.
The 7-footer had to make a decision then, as he had fathered his now-youngest child and couldn’t risk vacillating between teams at this point of his life.
“I didn’t want to sign a one-year deal again, like what happened with the Lakers, then get waived midway through the season, now with two kids,” said Bogut, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “My wife had a high-risk pregnancy at the time. So I didn’t want to travel back and forth, be without my kids.”
The same was true for his eventual return to the Warriors, as the Aussie-born big man consulted with his wife once again before making the decision to return.
“My wife said you’d be crazy to pass this up,” he said.
Bogut looked surprisingly spry in his first game back with his former team, racking up seven points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action, getting the honorable start under Steve Kerr with no practice or formal shootaround before joining his former teammates on the court.