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Report: Sixers have interest in former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut, but Warriors are 'frontrunner'

Report: Sixers have interest in former No. 1 pick Andrew Bogut, but Warriors are 'frontrunner'

Updated: 1:30 p.m. -- The Warriors plan to sign Bogut for the rest of the season, according to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes

The Sixers might want to add a third native of Melbourne, Australia, to their roster.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, the Sixers are expected to express interest in Andrew Bogut, the No.1 pick in the 2005 draft. Charania mentions that the Warriors are the favorite for the 7-footer.

Bogut is a free agent after the Sydney Kings’ season ended with a loss to Melbourne United in the NBL playoffs. He won the NBL MVP award this season, edging out former Process-era Sixer Casper Ware

Back in February 2017, Bogut was also briefly a part of the Process — in a way. He was acquired by the Sixers in the Nerlens Noel trade, then waived without playing a game. 

In 694 NBA games, the 34-year-old Bogut has averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.

Brett Brown has a relationship with Bogut dating back to his time as head coach of the Australian national team. He told Tom Moore in 2015 that Bogut, when healthy, is “a world-class defender.”

Though Joel Embiid (left knee tendinitis) and Boban Marjanovic (bone bruise and right knee sprain) are out, neither player should be sidelined much longer. Bogut could theoretically supplement the Sixers’ interior defense, but it’s difficult to envision him supplanting Marjanovic and Jonah Bolden at backup center. 

It doesn’t appear Brown has much faith in 21-year-old big man Justin Patton. When Bolden got into foul trouble Saturday night against the Warriors, Patton stayed on the bench, even with DeMarcus Cousins on the floor. The Sixers had a frontcourt of Ben Simmons and Mike Scott for most of the fourth quarter.

Because Bogut hasn’t played for an NBA team this season, the March 1 playoff-eligibility waiver deadline would not apply to him; he would be eligible to play in the postseason. 

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Dion Waiters scored 29 points, Goran Dragic added 21 and the Heat held off a late rally by the Cavs, who trimmed a 20-point deficit to 103-98 in the final minute. It could have gotten tighter but LeBron James missed a long 3-pointer before Waiters banked one in with 12.2 seconds left.

Kyrie Irving scored 32 and James had 30 points and 17 rebounds as Cleveland dropped to 26-7 at home.

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Stephen Curry had 24 points on 8-of-20 shooting, while Klay Thompson was held to 13 after a scoreless first half. But Iguodala and the Warriors bench picked up the slack, outscoring the Atlanta reserves 55-37.

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The Pistons climbed into a tie for the No. 7 spot in the Eastern Conference with the Bulls, who were playing without injured Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo.

Jackson's performance has been spotty this season, and at times backup Ish Smith has seemed like a better option late in games. But Jackson was instrumental in helping the Pistons take control in a game Monday that was tied at 79 after three quarters.

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Sixers waive big man Andrew Bogut

Sixers waive big man Andrew Bogut

To no surprise, Andrew Bogut is not part of the process.

The veteran big man, acquired in the Nerlens Noel trade last week, was waived by the Sixers on Monday night.

The Vertical's Shams Charania and ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of both parties agreeing to a contract buyout.

Bogut was included in the Sixers-Mavericks deal that sent Noel to Dallas in exchange for the 32-year-old center, Justin Anderson and a top-18 protected first-round pick (which will likely turn into two second-round picks).

Bogut will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Per a report Sunday by ESPN's Tim MacMahon, Bogut was set on joining Clevelend once a contract buyout with the Sixers was finalized. Bogut will have discussions with the Cavaliers, Spurs, Celtics and Rockets before making his decision, according to Stein's report.

Bogut played 26 games for the Mavericks this season, averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.