Andrew Bogut had a limited role for a struggling Lakers team: A backup big man against teams who use a traditional center. He has been in and out of the lineup — he last played on Jan. 1 — and the last time he played more than 15 minutes in a game was Christmas Day.
In a deal that works for both sides, the Lakers have waived the veteran center.
The move allows the sides to part ways with the Lakers (11-27) out of postseason contention and gives Bogut — a former NBA champion — an opportunity to sign with a playoff team. The Lakers faced a deadline this weekend on the guarantee date for Bogut’s one-year partially guaranteed contract.
Walton had recently talked about how Bogut was his best communicator on defense, and how he was a good mentor to younger players in the locker room. On those fronts, he will be missed.
Bogut will try to land on a playoff team looking for some rim protection and a big who can pass — he did start on the 2015 champion Warriors squad but the game has evolved as Bogut’s skills have faded (he missed the playoffs last season in Cleveland with a fractured leg). There will be interest in him, but his role on any true contender will be limited.
The Lakers will look to add shooting, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.