While the rest of the NBA frantically engaged in trade talks during the 2017 trade deadline, the San Antonio Spurs remained quiet. In the meantime, Andrew Bogut was traded and has begun buyout conversations with Philadelphia. Would Bogut fit with the Spurs heading into their playoff push?
The San Antonio Spurs have a history of signing veterans before heading into the playoffs. Andre Miller and Kevin Martin joined the team in the winter of 2016 and provided critical minutes for the Spurs down the stretch.
Andrew Bogut is the next player on the Spurs’ radar heading into the postseason. Bogut is a fantastic fit for the Spurs. The 12-year veteran has been one of the league’s premier defensive anchors since being drafted first overall in 2005.
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) February 23, 2017
In 22.4 minutes with Dallas, Bogut averaged three points, one block, and eight rebounds per game. His ability to control the paint and alter opponent’s shots is incredibly valuable.
Bogut’s unselfishness on the offensive end and winning mentality is a perfect fit for the Spurs. Chemistry won’t be an issue as Bogut has played with some of the Spurs’ most vital role players.
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Patty Mills and Bogut have pre-established chemistry as they’ve headlined the Australian National Team over the past decade. Bogut would provide a great partner for Mills in the pick-and-roll.
He also played alongside David Lee in Golden State for three years before Lee was traded to Boston. The dynamic duo inside was critical in bringing the Warriors to relevancy as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson emerged.
Bogut’s size and defensive talent would be vital in helping the Spurs face gritty interior teams such as Memphis and New Orleans. Despite his fantastic offensive prowess, Pau Gasol often struggles to defend the paint, leaving LaMarcus Aldridge and Dewayne Dedmon to single-handedly defend the interior.
Although he is a great fit for the Spurs system, multiple teams are competing to sign the veteran big man. The Cleveland Cavaliers have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Bogut and the Houston Rockets are not far behind.
Cleveland's Andrew Bogut interest is well-chronicled but sources say San Antonio /Houston will join the hunt if Bogut lands a Philly buyout.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017
The Spurs will return from All-Star Break as they face the Los Angeles Clippers in the Staples Center tomorrow night. Whether they sign Bogut or not, San Antonio will continue their amazing season and head toward the postseason with confidence.