Golden State Warriors Serious About Trading Andrew Bogut
- Author: Geraldine Cohen Jul 01, 2016,
Jul 01, 2016, 4:24
Now, the impetus behind the moves are more about squeezing every inch of cap room they can, plus both could return, but it's the first move toward the aggressive offseason that owner Joe Lacob promised following Golden State's crushing collapse in the NBA Finals.
CSN Bay Area reported Wednesday that Golden State has grown frustrated with Bogut because of his injury-plagued history and decreased production. As fascinating as a Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green line-up is, it completely ignores the fact that the Warriors were soundly beaten in the post by young big men all throughout the playoffs. But in the playoffs, teams took advantage of the Warriors having a player who can't do much with the ball in his hands, and certainly not stretch the floor, which is the biggest part of Golden State's offense.
UPDATE: Apparently the Warriors are considering parting ways with starting center Andrew Bogut, citing "unreliable" as the main reason to preferring a replacement, with the franchise reportedly looking to keep Festus Ezeli over him. Small forward Harrison Barnes is chief among them, as the restricted free agent will go hunting for offer sheets while the Warriors do the Durant deed.
Poole suggested the team's decision to select Vanderbilt centre Damian Jones in last week's NBA Draft was an indication of the team's position on Bogut. The interest in Noah makes ideal sense, then, since Golden State could ultimately ship out one of its most pivotal playmakers and defenders. He only played 32 games for the Warriors in his first full season. But according to Poole, that's not the only concern.
"Though the team firmly believes Bogut's value is only partially reflected in his individual statistics, his numbers were nonetheless unkind, particularly as related to rebounds - which became an increasingly higher priority as the Warriors continued their march through the postseason". But those numbers did dip dramatically in the Finals with just 12.5 percent of defensive rebounds and 14.2 percent of all rebounds.
Is that enough to consider Bogut an annoyance and needing to be moved?