Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes left the Golden State Warriors this summer to start another journey in the Dallas Mavericks. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said that the acquisition of the Australian center gave their team a ‘legitimate’ center.
The Golden State Warriors have managed to make a major upgrade this offseason and succeeded to create a ‘Super Team’. Kevin Durant, 2016 No.1 free agent, decided to join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State. However, with this acquisition, the Warriors have to move some of their players to make enough room for Durant.
Andrew Bogut, Harrison Barnes, Marreese Speights, Leandro Barbosa and Festus Ezeli were forced to move to other NBA teams. Targeting a superstar like Kevin Durant is a no-brainer for the Warriors. However, with this move, they lost their valuable players who helped them to reach most of their achievements in the past two seasons.
Dallas Mavericks were one of the teams who benefited with the Warriors’ leftovers. Harrison Barnes joined the Mavericks as a free agent. Barnes is a member of the Team USA who will be battling in the Rio Olympics 2016.
“Barnes is young enough in his career that he has yet to reach his full potential. He already has a ring and I think the Mavs are getting him in a way the Stars got Tyler Seguin who was a young player on a Stanley Cup champion with a lot of room to expand his game and get better.” NBC5’s Newvy Scruggs said.
Also, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Andrew Bogut via trade. The 31-year-old Australian center is an 11-year veteran with plenty of game experience. Bogut averaged 10.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.6 blocks.
Of all their acquisitions this summer, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle has high praise with Andrew Bogut.
“You know, it gives us not only a legitimate starting center, but it gives us one of the best centers in the game,” Carlisle said. “I’m looking forward to getting to know Andrew. He’s overseas in Australia with their national team. And you know, it will be a lot happening quick.”
The Dallas Mavericks have made a major adjustment in their roster, especially with the acquisition of Andrew Bogut and Harrison Barnes. Being in the same conference, Bogut and Barnes will be having the chance to prove that they are not just a team’s leftovers.
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