May 10, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) reacts after a play against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter of game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. The Spurs defeated the Warriors 102-92. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz Talking Andrew Bogut Trade

UPDATE (1:17 EDT)

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The Golden State Warriors are trying to trade three big contracts to sign Dwight Howard or another max free agent outright: Andris Biedrins, Richard Jefferson and Andrew Bogut. And it won’t be easy.

However, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Sunday that the Warriors are capable of unloading those three contracts. Of course, they will have to throw in a future first-round pick and/or Harrison Barnes or Klay Thompson.

The Warriors reportedly have a suitor for Bogut–the Utah Jazz.

Of the three contracts the Warriors are trying to unload, Bogut’s has the most value. He is injury prone, but was once of the league’s best centers until a string of injuries halted his effectiveness.

In an ideal world, Enes Kanter would fill Al Jefferson’s shoes. But Bogut gives them a more experienced center, one who’s proven himself to be effective, when healthy of course. Plus, he can fill as a stopgap for Jefferson to stall some more time for Kanter to develop.

Additionally, Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that the Warriors have offered Bogut, Biedrins  and Jefferson to the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers, along with the Jazz. They would need to trade two of their three expiring contracts to have enough cap space to sign Howard.

 

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