Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut’s current stint with the team will be a short one, as he stated his plans to return to Sydney, Australia next season, while responding to a recent dig from Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid.
Embiid made a joke at the Warriors expense during a recent post-game presser, and it wasn’t unnoticed by Bogut.
“Joel Embiid saying the 76ers don’t want to do what we did in the 2016 Finals is just Joel being Joel – he’s a bit of a larrikin,” Bogut stated, via Yahoo Sports Australia. “But they have to get to a Finals series first before they can even think about doing that.
“It’s been a funny talking point for a lot of people in the league. But we haven’t taken any notice of it and it’s not something that’s been mentioned in the locker room.”
While Bogut has proven he is still a solid NBA contributor at this stage of his career while filing in for the injured DeMarcus Cousins at center, he doesn’t want to undergo another 82-game NBA season.
“It doesn’t really sit well with me when people say I need to prove that I can still play in the NBA. I know I can,” Bogut wrote. “Coming back to the NBL was great for myself, my body and my family. I just don’t really want to get involved in the grueling 82-game NBA season from September until June any more.
I feel like I need to be at home more in the next few years, especially with two young kids. Coming to the NBA for a few months is very doable with the kids, but a full 10-month season isn’t something that I want to do.
I know I can still play in the league but it’s not something I’m looking to do long term. I’m very happy in Sydney and I think we’re doing something pretty special there.”
Warriors, Klay Thompson Agrees to 5-Year, $190M Contract
The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms with Klay Thompson on a five-year, $190 million max contract, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Connor Letourneau.
Thompson hit unrestricted free agency, but it was widely expected that he would return to the Warriors.
Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for Golden State.
Warriors Likely Trading D’Angelo Russell
One of the oddest moves in the early stages of free agency saw the Golden State Warriors agree to terms with point guard D’Angelo Russell.
However, it appears that landing Russell is a part of a bigger plan.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, Russell will likely be traded by the Warriors.
“D’Angelo Russell doesn’t fit there whatsoever,” Stein said (h/t Bleacher Report). “They just wanted to make sure they did not see Kevin Durant, arguably the best player in the league when healthy, walk out the door for nothing. They got a 23-year-old All-Star, and they will trade him. It’s just a matter of when.”
It is expected that Russell will be traded next summer.
Warriors Expected to Buy Out Shaun Livingston
Livingston has $2 million of his $7.7 million guaranteed on his contract for next season, and has hinted at retirement as well.
If Livingston is on the Warriors’ roster past June 30th, he will be owed $7.7 million, so all signs point to a buy out being worked out.
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