San Antonio Spurs rumors: Andrew Bogut drawing interest

By Rob Wolkenbrod
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Andrew Bogut
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Andrew Bogut /

The San Antonio Spurs reportedly expressed interest in center Andrew Bogut.

Just when it looked like the San Antonio Spurs offseason was over, it might as well not be. Matt Logue of The Daily Telegraph reported the team has interest in center Andrew Bogut, who remains a free agent.

If true, Bogut would fill a need that the Spurs barely addressed in the offseason. Joffrey Lauvergne was signed to a two-year deal to be a backup center and power forward. However, outside of Davis Bertans who better projects as a stretch four or shooting three, the depth at the big man positions are almost non-existent.

With Lauvergne’s improved shooting over the past two seasons, he projects better at power forward. Bogut, never known for his outside shot, can clean up the boards and block the occasional shot, something that’s never been the strong suit of the Frenchman.

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Bogut is coming off another injury-plagued season, something that’s been a long-running story of his NBA career. He suffered a leg injury in his first game for the Cleveland Cavaliers in March, shortly after he signed a contract. The Dallas Mavericks had traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers in a deal that brought back Nerlens Noel, which led to Bogut being waived.

Prior to the 2016-17 season, the former No. 1 overall pick played 70 or more games in a season just three times, with the last one in 2015-16. There was an eight-year gap between these (the previous one came in 2007-08).

Given these injury woes, it wouldn’t be crazy to think Bogut only gets the veteran’s minimum for one season, if he signs with the Spurs or any other team. The risk is there but, as seen what he did on the Golden State Warriors, he can provide the necessary role-player production to be a fit on a contender.

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Bogut will be an interesting name to follow as the season nears. Should the Spurs sign him?