Report: Bogut nearing a return to the NBA


Posted at Mar 04 2019 09:50 AM

Andrew Bogut #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers dunks against the Houston Rockets on December 31, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Bill Baptist, NBAE via Getty Images/AFP

Seven-footer Andrew Bogut is reportedly nearing a return to the NBA after an award-winning season in his native Australia's NBL.

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are among "multiple contenders" interested in signing the 34-year-old center, The Athletic's Shams Charania tweeted Sunday.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut played 13 seasons with five NBA teams from 2005-18 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

His NBA career highlights include winning a championship with the Warriors in 2014-15 and making the All-NBA Third Team with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009-10.

Bogut appeared in 23 games with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2017-18, averaging 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.

An unsigned free agent, Bogut returned to Australia and played for the Sydney Kings in 2018-19. He was named the NBL's Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player. He averaged 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks and helped the Kings reach the playoff semifinals.

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