Andrew Bogut signs with Golden State Warriors

Heather Diaz
March 10, 2019

One of Australia's most revered basketball players, Andrew Bogut, is set to rejoin his former franchise, the Golden State Warriors, who are now the reigning NBA champions.

With Bogut's Sydney Kings bounced from the NBL in a 79-84 loss to the Perth Wildcats on March 2, and Golden State needing to fill its 15th roster spot, the timing was flawless for both parties and, the rest, as they say is history.

In September 2012, at Green's first Warriors practice, Andrew Bogut showed him the footwork necessary to slow some of the league's top big men.

Bogut was the league's MVP and Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 11.4 points, a league-high 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks in 29.7 minutes over 30 games.

Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts late in the game in his teams 129-120 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California.

The Kings said Bogut would sign a short-term contract with the Warriors for the remainder of the current National Basketball Association season and he will be back in Sydney for the next NBL season.

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The Warriors are favourites to win their fourth title in five years.

During his time in the NBA, Bogut averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots through 694 games (656 starts).

Since then, Bogut spent 13 seasons in the American league, picking up a championship in 2015 with the Golden State Warriors, before heading back to Australia to play for the Sydney Kings in 2018. The former No. 1 overall pick played four seasons in Golden State and was part of the 2015 championship team. But that's why it was a no-brainer for me [to return to Golden State].

"We're excited about [Bogut] coming in", Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "A guy who obviously knows our system, knows our guys, half of them".

The Warriors, who are first in the Western Conference with a 44-20 record, did not disclose the terms of the agreement.

He was a member of the 2015 championship squad but the team chose to offload him to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 to clear salary cap space to sign All-Star Kevin Durant.

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