Andrew Bogut is entering the final season of his contract with the Warriors, and is feeling 100 percent healthy for the first time in over two years.
How healthy Bogut can remain and how much he impacts the Warriors’ expected playoff run will go a long way in determining whether or not he’s back with the team next season — or even if he makes it to the end of this one.
An expiring contract like Bogut’s — which is on the books for $14 million this year — is a tempting asset for teams out of serious playoff contention that would like to clear salary cap space for the following season to pursue some high-priced free agents. The Warriors will have options before the trade deadline passes, but if Bogut proves productive, it’s likely they’d keep him for the duration.
Whatever transpires with Bogut’s contract, it’s not something he’s focused on. It’s the first time in his career that Bogut will play in a contract year, but he believes the situation will take care of itself.
“I’m a firm believer that’ll take care of itself,” Bogut said, via Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. “I’m not the type to go into the front office, slam my fist on the table, and say ‘I want this, I want that.’ I respect the organization and what they’re doing, and I believe they respect me and the way I’ve handled the injury. In due course, it’ll take care of itself.
“I’ve never been in a situation where I’ve played in a contract year. After my rookie deal, in my third year I got an extension, so I was never in a contract year. This is the first time I’m going through this, but it’s still basketball to me. I’m going to do what I have in the past — come in early, try to help the younger guys, workout hard … try to win games.”
Bogut’s best season statistically came in 2009-10 while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. He finished that year with averages of 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocked shots in 32.3 minutes per game.
The power dynamics within the Clippers are shifting, and the ground apparently hasn’t settled yet.
Doc Rivers has been stripped of his presidency. Jerry West became a consultant. Lawrence Frank now holds the most prestigious title in the front office, and newly hired Michael Winger will report to him. Also falling under Frank in the organizational chart? Trent Redden.
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:
Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers executive Trent Redden will join the LA Clippers’ front-office staff as assistant general manager, league sources said on Monday.
Redden was ousted in Cleveland with David Griffin. He’ll help the Clippers simply by providing another capable executive. They’ve long needed to add front-office employees (and pay for them).
But Redden also exacerbates the issue of Frank’s underlings having far more front-office experience than him. As the Clippers try to establish their new setup, we’ll see whether that creates complications.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has missed significant time the last two seasons due to complications from back surgery.
Could those issues derail his career?
Kerr, via Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:
“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”
On the most basic level, it’d be good if Kerr feels well enough to coach. The headaches sound miserable, regardless of his job.
But it’d also be ideal if the NBA didn’t lose one of its best coaches just as he’s getting started. The 51-year-old Kerr might wind up the greatest coach of all time. Obviously that’s a long way off, but he has that potential – health permitting.
The Hawks began last season with just two point guards, one fewer than most teams – especially notable because neither starter Dennis Schroder nor backup Malcolm Delaney was experienced for his role.
Schroder and Delaney return, but Atlanta is adding another option – Quinn Cook.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
Cook is a borderline NBA player. He might not make the regular-season roster. He also might supplant Delaney for a rotation spot.
A 24-year-old who has spent most of the last two years in the D-League (also getting stints with the Mavericks and Pelicans), Cook is a good outside shooter. He’s also steady, if unspectacular, in his lead-guard duties.
This is a solid flier at a position the Hawks could use depth.
The Knicks signing Nigel Hayes leaked first.
But New York didn’t stop there.
The New York Knickerbockers announced today that the team has signed forwards Jamel Artis and Nigel Hayes and guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes.
Like Hayes, Artis (Pittsburgh) and Rathan-Mayes (Florida State) went undrafted this year – making them eligible to be waived and assigned to the Knicks’ minor-league affiliate. That’s likely all three’s fate.
But first, each will have an opportunity to make the regular-season roster. The Knicks have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries, leaving one roster spot for someone on a standard contract. Chasson Randle (unguaranteed) is the incumbent choice, but these three could supplant him.