Andrew Bogut “pretty pumped” about playing for Mavericks

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It’s been a rough summer for Andrew Bogut. He suffered a season-ending knee injury during Game 5 of a Finals series the Warriors ultimately lost. Then, he was traded to the Mavericks as a salary dump to make room for Kevin Durant. On Wednesday, Bogut and the Australian national team will face off against a USA team that includes Durant, former Warriors teammates Draymond Green and Klay Thompson, and fellow Warriors-to-Mavericks castoff Harrison Barnes. Regardless of the awkward circumstances, Bogut told The Vertical‘s Michael Lee that he’s excited about playing in Dallas and will stay friends with his former teammates.

“It’ll be all right,” Bogut said. “I’m in Texas, so I’m pretty pumped about it. Harrison is still my teammate, so we’re good. Those guys are guys I’ll always remember and have friendships with. You win a championship with a group of guys, it doesn’t happen very often, and you all remember that.”

Still, knowing Bogut, there is going to be some shade thrown during the season, especially when the Mavs face the Warriors. It will be an underrated subplot of those games.