Andrew Bogut will take the floor in a Warriors uniform next week the team announced Friday via beat writer Anthony Slater. Thursday vs. the Pacers is likely to be Bogut’s first game with Golden State since the 2016 NBA Finals.
Andrew Bogut got his visa situation cleared. He is scheduled to land in the Bay Area tomorrow, but won’t join Warriors on road trip. His return will wait until next Thursday at home vs Pacers.
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 15, 2019
Bogut’s visa situation is cleared, but Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said it didn’t make sense for Bogut to meet the Warriors on their current road trip after flying across the world.
Steve Kerr said Andrew Bogut has everything finalized with his visa. As reported earlier, Bogut will join the Warriors when they get back from their trip. Bogut is flying to the Bay Area this weekend pic.twitter.com/bG73VRo1Si
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) March 15, 2019
Bogut, 34, recently concluded the 2018-19 season with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia, where he earned the league’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBL First Team honors after averaging 11.4 points, a league-high 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.7 blocks in 29.7 minutes over 30 games.
A 13-year NBA veteran, Bogut joins the Warriors for a second stint after previously spending four seasons in Golden State (2012-16), where he was a key member of the 2014-15 championship team and helped the Warriors set an NBA record for single-season wins (73) in 2015-16. In four seasons with the Warriors, Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.71 blocks in 23.7 minutes over 236 games (230 starts). He ranks second on Golden State’s all-time field goal percentage list (.581) and was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2014-15.
Bogut owns career averages of 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.56 blocks in 28.4 minutes over 694 games (656 starts) with the Milwaukee Bucks, Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. He last appeared in an NBA game with the Lakers last season on Jan. 1, 2018.
Originally selected by Milwaukee with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2009-10. In 58 career postseason appearances (57 starts) with Milwaukee and Golden State, Bogut owns averages of 5.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.50 blocks in 22.5 minutes. He ranks second on Golden State’s career postseason field goal percentage list (.589) and third on the franchise’s career postseason blocks per game list.