The Los Angeles Lakers have released Andrew Bogut and it seems to have been a case of good fortune for Bogut, as he could wind up not on the bench for a rebuilding L.A. club, but on the roster of a championship contender.
Bogut is in his 13th season in the NBA, even though it looked as though his time was over when he broke his leg after landing with the Cleveland Cavaliers near the end of last season.
Four months with the Lakers was enough for Bogie and there are quite a few teams that could use someone with Bogut’s experience, skills and defensive mindset.
Bogut was getting only about nine minutes per game with the Lakers and they released him rather than being compelled to guarantee his contract for the rest of the season, even though Bogut was a bargain at just $2.3 million for the year.
As many as 10 NBA teams may have an interest in Bogut.
He could wind up back with the Milwaukee Bucks, the team that drafted him originally. The Bucks need help near the rim and it is obvious that Thon Maker and John Henson cannot carry the load by themselves.
Bogut could go to the Utah Jazz, which might attract him, as the prospect of playing alongside fellow Aussies Joe Ingles and Dante Exum could turn the Salt Lake City franchise into the Australia of the North.
The Boston Celtics looked like the landing spot for Bogut last season and they look to be contenders again this year, with Aussie Aron Baynes making the Celtics looks once again like the Beasts of the East. He would be competing against Baynes for minutes, but the two would make a formidable combination against teams with big front lines.
The Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are prospects, although unlikely ones, and the Los Angeles Clippers could use help to cover for injuries.