San Antonio Spurs: Rumored target Andrew Bogut signs with Lakers

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

The San Antonio Spurs were reportedly in on center Andrew Bogut. On Monday night, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Over the weekend, it was noted the San Antonio Spurs were interested in free-agent center Andrew Bogut. With a lack of depth at center, the fit was there on the team. That possibility is no longer available, however.

TNT’s David Aldridge reported Bogut will sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. He will receive the veteran minimum for one season.

According to HoopsRumors, the veteran minimum salary is $2.3 million for the 2017-18 season. This is the rate for players with over 10 years of NBA experience. Bogut has 12.

Andrew Bogut signing with the Lakers for one year at veteran minimum, per agent David Bauman.

— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 19, 2017

Bogut will return from a leg injury he suffered in his one game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after he arrived via free agency. He’ll presumably back up Brook Lopez at center.

For the Spurs, if their rumored interest was serious, they lost out on an option for their bench. Joffrey Lauvergne is the only true backup center the team has. He was signed in the offseason to a one-year, veteran minimum contract ($1.5 million).

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Outside of Lauvergne, San Antonio has options to play the other big man spot, power forward, but none with proven ability to protect the rim. Davis Bertans fits this profile, as he stands at 6-foot-10 but is known for his outside shooting. Rudy Gay can also try the four, but it’s a role he hasn’t proven himself in, in 11 years.

The Spurs can still test the waters for free-agent centers. Tyler Zeller, Festus Ezeli, Roy Hibbert and Joel Anthony are among the available options. Anthony played 19 games for the organization in 2016-17. For familiarity, he makes sense. For a spot in the game-to-game rotation, that’s another story.

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