According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers have decided to release Australian-born center Andrew Bogut.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers are releasing center Andrew Bogut. With Lakers at 11-27, this allows sides to part ways and Bogut to pivot toward signing with a playoff team.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 6, 2018
In his 24 appearances with the Lakers, Bogut, now 33 years of age, averaged 1.5 points and 3.3 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. The former No. 1 overall pick signed a one-year deal with the team last September. L.A. has posted an 11-27 overall record through the early phases of this season, so it seems they felt the need to make a change.
Bogut is a capable big, and there could be several teams interested in his services. The seven-footer holds career averages of 10.0 points on .534 percent shooting from the field, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. Where he might play next remains to be seen.
Though his stint with the Lakers didn’t pan out well, any Playoff team looking for a solid big should consider giving Bogut a look.
With Bogut’s release, Brook Lopez and Julius Randle could see their workload increase in the paint a bit. Thomas Bryant and Ivica Zubac, two players who’ve spent much of this season in the G-League, could be called on if needed.