Andrew Bogut signs contract with Warriors for rest of 2019 season

Andrew Bogut signs contract with Warriors for rest of 2019 season

Andrew Bogut will be back in the Bay in no time. 

The Warriors announced they signed Bogut to a contract on Wednesday afternoon, bringing back the Australian-born center who left the team after the 2015-16 season.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Shams Charania of the Athletic reported that Bogut is expected to sign a one-year, minimum deal for the rest of the 2019 season.

Bogut played for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League this season in his native Australia. The center was named MVP of the league after averaging 11.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game in 30 games. 

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The 34-year-old will fill the Warriors' 15th roster spot. He last played in the NBA in 2018 when averaged 1.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Lakers. But for four seasons, he was a central cog on the Warriors. 

Manning the middle of the paint, Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in Golden State. Though it's expected he'll play in short spurts, the big man could be the exact enforcer the Warriors need to three-peat. 

Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala won't play Sunday vs. Pistons


Warriors' DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Iguodala won't play Sunday vs. Pistons

The Warriors were without three rotation players in Saturday's blowout loss to the Dallas Mavericks, and the same could be true Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.

Center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Andre Iguodala will rest on the second night of a back-to-back. Big man Kevon Looney, meanwhile, is questionable with a right forearm contusion.

Point guards Steph Curry and Shaun Livingston, plus center Andrew Bogut, rested Saturday, and all three are set to return Sunday. The Warriors struggled without the trio, losing to the lottery-bound Mavericks by 35 points and trailing by as many as 42 in the fourth quarter.

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Golden State dropped to 5-7 without Curry in the lineup this season in the loss, but is 44-16 when he does play. If Looney can't go, Bogut could also be in line for more than the 13.7 minutes per game he played in the first three games of his second Warriors stint.

Why Kevin Durant thought Warriors' loss to Mavericks 'not odd at all'

Why Kevin Durant thought Warriors' loss to Mavericks 'not odd at all'

Saturday was a night to forget for the Warriors.

The 126-91 loss to the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks was the Warriors' worst at Oracle Arena under coach Steve Kerr. Golden State, without Steph Curry and chasing the Western Conference's top seed, weren't even close to the West's second-worst team.

If that sounds out of the ordinary for an NBA Finals contender, Kevin Durant doesn't think so.

"It's not odd at all," Durant told reporters in Oakland after the loss on Saturday (via ESPN). "I think everybody in that locker room has gotten their asses beat at home before. I know this experience is different, how much winning we've done the last few years. But we're still in the NBA; guys have been a part of terrible games, along with the great games, as well. The good thing about it, we play tomorrow night too."

The Warriors were short-handed, and lopsided losses do happen to good -- even great -- teams. But wasn't Golden State supposed to have already turned this corner?

They weren't blown out on March 10, but the Warriors lost to the Zion-Williamson-contending Phoenix Suns on that date. Golden State wasn't missing any regulars as was the case on Saturday, and the team said all the right things about that being a necessary wake-up call headed into a successful road trip.

"The first two games were important to us, especially after that Phoenix loss," Durant said on March 19. "To come out and beat two teams on the road, it was probably the best two-game stretch of the season for us, and we needed that, we needed to feel good about ourselves, going on the plane, going to practice the next day."

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The grind and ensuing malaise of an 82-game season real, especially for a team that has played as many games as Golden State has in the last five years. Plus, the Warriors battled injuries and struggled mightly down the stretch of the regular season last year ... and still won their third championship in four seasons.

In other words, a March loss to the Mavericks might not mean all that much if the Warriors lift the Larry O'Brien Trophy once again. But if they don't, Durant might look back on it as a defeat that was odd, after all.