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Mavericks’ Andrew Bogut thinks he could be moved at trade deadline

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DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 11: Andrew Bogut #6 of the Dallas Mavericks during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on October 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Andrew Bogut is on a one-year, $11 million deal in Dallas, a non-playoff team where he is now coming off the bench because he doesn’t pair well with Dirk Nowitzki (and that’s Dirk’s team).

A lot of teams could use a stout defender in the paint, a gifted passer for a big man, and a guy with a ring and plenty of playoff experience. Does that mean Bogut is ripe to be traded as the Feb. 23 deadline approaches?

He thinks so. Here is what the always frank Bogut told Australia’s Sky Sports Radio, via ESPN.

“Thankfully, I’m a free agent here, so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on,” Bogut told Sky Sports. “I don’t see myself hanging around with everything that’s gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead.”

Will he get traded?

“You never know. I’ve got a valuable contract ... having four months left on my contract, I’m a valuable commodity to be moved,” Bogut said.

Expect Dallas to explore offers. Because he’s essentially a rental for the rest of the season, the Mavericks are not going to get a significant haul in return. That said, they’re going to lose him anyway and this season is a write-off, so Dallas would be foolish not to see if they can get a pick or player to be part of the future for Bogut now.

The last couple trade deadlines have been a disappointment (most of the action happened well in advance of the big day). This season feels different. We shall see how it plays out.