Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 at 12:30 pm  |  13 responses

Andrew Bogut Negotiating Extension With Golden State Warriors

The Warriors and Andrew Bogut are discussing a contract extension, according to the big fella. Bogut, however, says he wasn’t impressed with the team’s initial offer. Per NBA.com: “The issue will come to some resolution by early in the regular season: either he will have a new deal soon or he will become a free agent because neither side wants the discussions dragging long into 2013-14. Bogut said the initial numbers from the Warriors, ‘weren’t insulting. But they weren’t what I’m looking for. Nothing concrete has been actually formally written up. We’ve just been going back and forth, but nothing too crazy.’ Not insulting is encouraging — the sides are starting in the same vicinity. Additionally, in a move that creates more common ground on what could have been a contentious point, Bogut is willing to accept a deal with incentive clauses based on games played, a nod to his battle with injuries. Management would obviously like the idea of protecting itself, a give-back it didn’t get a year ago in negotiations with Stephen Curry, who had his own health issues but got his extension fully guaranteed. ‘Just based on the fact that my last two injuries I can’t control,’ Bogut said. ‘If these were chronic injuries from lack of conditioning or not working out in the summer or being a fat slob, I can understand the caution. But would I do things to the extent that Andrew Bynum’s done with his contract? Hell no. The clauses that he has, there’s no chance I would sign a contract. But basically having game incentives — whatever the number is, 60, 70, whatever it is — I have no problem. I think that’s only fair.’ The compromise from the Warriors in what would likely be a three-year extension, tacked on to the end of 2013-14 as the final season of the current deal on the books for $14.2 million, will be the larger payments if Bogut reaches the incentives. And there is the (Dwight) Howard factor. The Warriors were one of the final five contenders as the Dwightmare played out in free agency, which would have meant trading Bogut, though how close they came to pulling off the Andre Igoudala-Howard double or committing to Howard rather than Igoudala has never been clear. [...] Bogut watched and agreed with the pursuit of Howard. But he also remembered. He plans to remember all the way to the negotiating table. ‘Oh, of course,’ he said. ‘A hundred percent. Yeah. It’s nothing personal between business. I definitely remember that. That’s just a part of the NBA and a part of business. You want to get as much as you can for your worth and they want to get as much as they can out of you and they want to get as much as they can from anyone. I definitely don’t believe that there was nothing there. I believe there was something there. And if I was sitting in the GM’s position with the Golden State Warriors, I’d make that deal. It’s a future Hall of Fame center for a guy that was banged up and struggled through a season. I can’t take personally. It’s a business. They’re trying to get better. Obviously it does play on your mind a little bit in the offseason, but that’s part of business. At the same time, if I do become a free agent, I’m going do what I can to do what’s best for myself.’”

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  • GSW Fan

    This warriors team needs to keep all these pieces together. Lee has been involved in too many trade rumors lately, and Bogut might walk after this year if a good enough deal isn’t offered. Many fans think these two players are the most replaceable but they really aren’t; good bigs are hard to come by.

  • spit hot fiyah

    cheap bigs are also hard to come by, they will dump Lee’s contract as soon as they find a taker

  • davidR

    exactly. you’re not gonna find defensive centers that can anchor the D and pass and defer offensively to the guards

  • GSW Fan

    Thats when they’ll lose the elite-ness that they’re currently headed toward

  • Saleem Rainman

    not really

  • spit hot fiyah

    is that why they played their very best when he was out and used barnes at the 4?

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    but based on how the warriors pieces are do you need a center like bogut. They have fetuz. Start fetuz and lee. and trade bogut for upcoming draft picks.

  • davidR

    why would you want to rebuild? this team is a contender now. festus is not exactly starting material (yet)

  • Chester

    Warriors need to resign this guy, he is vital to their success if they want to contend

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    not rebuild. but bogut hasn’t shown he deserves a higher contract. If he can regain form yeah, but even then how valuable is a center in the game when bogut was doing well versus today.

  • danpowers

    same with rondo and the celtic. they won more games with him out, but are they a better team without him? the playoffs showed: definitely not. there is not always a causal connection when team x does this and that without player y.

  • spit hot fiyah

    agreed, if u can get out that contract though i think u do it if u are Gstate

  • Mike Gilbert

    that’s such a small sample size though. And they were playing the Nuggets who were playing small ball 4s. You think Harrison Barnes can matchup with Tim Duncan? Blake Griffin? Pau Gasol?