Andrew Bogut claims ‘there wasn’t really a sourness’ after getting traded by Warriors
Andrew Bogut is cognizant of how his exit from the Golden State Warriors looked to the rest of the league after being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason of 2016, but the big man emphasized there was never really any bitterness toward the organization or its players:
“That was silly,” said Bogut, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “There wasn’t really a sourness.”
“There were people that were like, ‘Oh, he’s bitter about (the exit),‘ because, you know, I don’t even remember what the comments I made were,” Bogut said. “Someone asked me a question and I answered it. Then I looked at it (in print) and, yeah, sounds bitter. But context is a beautiful thing, right?”
Bogut had a tough time finding his footing after his departure from a championship-caliber roster, struggling to fit into place with the Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and a brief cup of tea with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Several Warriors players had kept eyes on him, even well after he departed, still exchanging text messages and social media interactions before he took off for his native land of Australia, where he earned MVP honors for the 2018-19 season.
Bogut made his debut with the Warriors on Monday, iconically getting called for a moving screen nine seconds into the game, celebrating his first start of the NBA season in the most fitting of ways.