After being involved in trade rumors during the “Dwight Howard saga,” Andrew Bogut is back on the trading block.
Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio reports that the Dallas Mavericks could have interest in Bogut along with Omer Asik and Nikola Pekovic. The reason being that they missed out on the injury-riddled Andrew Bynum, who signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Utah Jazz had interest in Bogut last week, but nothing came to fruition. Instead, they took on three of the Warriors’ expiring contracts. The Mavericks, meanwhile, don’t want to have a completely ineffective frontcourt. Dirk Nowitzki will still contribute, but not like he once did. Otherwise, Mark Cuban’s squad doesn’t seem to have a capable center.
The Golden State Warriors would have to have interest in trading Bogut, first of all. If previous rumors are any indication, though, I don’t think they’d hang up the phone if the Mavericks called them. But their previous attempts of dealing Bogut seemed Dwight Howard-related, so they’d be getting a center in return. It’s unclear what Dallas has to offer.
The Warriors recently signed Jermaine O’Neal, but his aging body couldn’t endure starters’ minutes. Golden State also signed Marreese Speights, but he’s better suited in the power forward spot.
Regardless of whether Bogut-to-the-Mavericks talks actually become serious, it’s been a weird offseason for the Australian center. He went from a major contributor during the playoffs to a common name in trade rumors, and that story has yet to end.