Veteran Australian big man Andrew Bogut has reportedly agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Bogut signed a one-year deal with the 16-time NBA champs on Monday.
Free agent center Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, agent David Bauman of ISE tells The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 19, 2017
Bogut is a 12-year NBA veteran, starting his career off with the Milwaukee Bucks, who selected the Aussie with the number one overall pick back in 2005. Bogut spent his first 7 years of his career with the Bucks, shaping up to be a borderline All-Star with his defensive presence inside the key. But then the injury bug struck.
Bogut was eventually traded to Golden State in return for Monta Ellis, and proved to be an integral part of the Warriors’ 2015 championship. Golden State shipped Bogut off to Dallas before the 2016-17 NBA season, where he only played 26 games before coming down with an injury and was then involved in the trade that sent Nerlens Noel to the Mavs.
Andrew didn’t play a single minute with the 76ers, and was eventually waived. The Cleveland Cavaliers signed him off waivers last season, looking for a defensive-minded big man to bolster their roster, but Bogut’s durability again was a concern, as he fractured his tibia in his first on-court minute for the Cavs.
Bogut will most likely serve as a valuable rotation piece for the Lakers, capable of playing some great interior defense, but the days of Bogut scoring close to 16 points a night are long gone. The Aussie’s playoff experience — winning a championship in 2015 and making the Finals in 2016 before getting injured — will hopefully push the Lakers back into playoff contention, and help develop Los Angeles’ frontcourt rotation of Brook Lopez, Julius Randle, and Larry Nance Jr.