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On Wednesday, Andrew Bogut's return to the Warriors became official.

Merely hours later -- on Thursday in Australia -- Bogut held a press conference to discuss his temporary departure from the Sydney Kings, and his ensuing transition back to Golden State.

The 7-footer touched on a variety of subjects throughout the press conference, such as the specifics of his contract language, his current health, his departure from the Warriors years ago, and his thoughts on Golden State's current roster.

As typically has been the case with Bogut throughout his professional career, his responses to questions were transparent, attached with an element of humor.

Among his most notable responses was his stance that he holds no hard feelings toward the Warriors regarding his departure after the 2016 season.

"I understood it was a business decision," Bogut said. "You had a chance to sign Kevin Durant, and I'm the odd man out because I was making $12 million that next season to free up some cap space. I'd do that to myself if I was the GM. I'm not under any illusions I'm as good as KD. I'd make that move if I was the GM. So, it's no hard feelings.

"They sent me to a place that I kind of agreed I wanted to go in Dallas. That didn't work out. But that's why it was a no-brainer for me [to return to Golden State]. These things happen. Obviously I was disappointed. It got ramped up a little bit in the media that I was really bitter, hated everyone there. That was never the case."

 

Bogut went on to explain that he's remained in touch with several of his former Warriors teammates that were part of the 2015 NBA championship team.

"I kept in touch with a lot of guys there -- Draymond, Steph, Klay, throughout leaving there," Bogut continued. "Now I have the opportunity to go back. I think it's a very cool story. Even if I don't play a minute, it's really cool to go somewhere where I'm valued, No. 1, not only as a basketball player but basketball IQ and as a person.

"Hopefully add another ring to the collection."

The Warriors certainly hope that ends up being the case, and that includes DeMarcus Cousins, who’s still in search of his first NBA championship. He and Bogut had numerous matchups throughout Cousins' time with the Kings, and those memories aren't lost on his new teammate.

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Here's assuming that everyone involved -- the Warriors, Bogut and Cousins -- all are happy to be on the same team now, rather than the other way around.