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NBA Rumors: Andrew Bogut to join Warriors after interest from Celtics

NBA Rumors: Andrew Bogut to join Warriors after interest from Celtics

The Boston Celtics have the roster flexibility to bring in a veteran depth piece, and they reportedly considered making that piece a former No. 1 overall pick.

Both the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers had interest in signing Andrew Bogut before the Golden State Warriors won out for the Australian big man, Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday.

Per Haynes, the Warriors intend to sign Bogut for the remainder of the season after he receives a letter of clearance from the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League in Australia.

The process likely will take about 48 hours, according to Haynes, which means Bogut won't be with Golden State on Tuesday night when the Celtics come to town.

The 34-year-old Bogut is on the final hole of the back nine of his playing career; he appeared in just 23 games for the Los Angeles Lakers last season before getting waived in January and announced last March he'd return to his native Australia to play in the NBL.

Still, the 7-foot big man represents low-risk DeMarcus Cousins insurance for the loaded Warriors, who won their first NBA title with Bogut on their roster in 2015.

The Celtics have less need for a big body after Aron Baynes returned from a foot injury this weekend, but they certainly could benefit from a shakeup after losing five of their last six games.

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Report: Andrew Bogut's camp had 'preliminary contact' with Celtics this week

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Report: Andrew Bogut's camp had 'preliminary contact' with Celtics this week

Could center Andrew Bogut be a veteran option for the Celtics? He reached out to the C's this week, according to a Boston Globe report. 

The Globe's Adam Himmelsbach reported that, according to a league source, a group of veteran options for the Celtics includes Bogut, the Australian 7-footer who turns 33 in November. He considered signing with Boston last February before signing with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bogut broke his leg in his first game with the Cavs and has been recovering this summer. 

With the C's over the salary cap, the C's are allowed to offer a minimum-salary deal based on years of experience. That maxes out at $2.3 million for a player in the NBA for at least 10 seasons.

Himmelsbach mentions a return of Gerald Green or ex-Celtic defensive specialist Tony Allen as other possible veteran options.