The Philadelphia 76ers made a surprising move few hours before the trade deadline. Instead of trading Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers sent Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a protected 2017 first-round pick.
As the trade deadline passed, the Sixers were still unable to address the logjam at center. After acquiring Tiago Splitter from the Atlanta Hawks, the Sixers received Andrew Bogut as part of the Nerlens Noel trade. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Sixers tried to move Bogut before the deadline.
Cavs, Spurs, and Rockets interested with Andrew Bogut
However, after failing to find an interesting team, the Sixers are expected to negotiate a contract buyout with Bogut so he can become an unrestricted free agent. Marc Stein of ESPN revealed that the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, and the Houston Rockets expressed interests in acquiring the Australian big man once the Sixers waive him.
After suffering injuries, Andrew Bogut struggled to regain his rhythm since he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t mesh well with Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki as Dallas suffers on both ends of the floor when both of them are inside the court. Bogut only played 26 games with the Mavericks (20 games as a starter), averaging three points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and one block.
Despite his dismal performance this season, Bogut will still be a great addition to title contender teams. He still has the ability to dominate under the basket and remains as a quality rim protector. It would be interesting to see Bogut joining his former NBA rivals, Cleveland Cavaliers.
After losing Timofey Mozgov, the Cavaliers signed Chris Andersen to fill the void. Unfortunately, Andersen suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Andrew Bogut will undeniably be a big help for the Cavaliers in defending the title, especially against his former team, the Golden State Warriors.
Andrew Bogut eligible to rejoin the Golden State Warriors
Bobby Marks of The Vertical revealed that a loophole in the CBA could allow the Warriors reacquire Bogut. Marks pointed out that since the Mavericks were the last team to trade Bogut, the Warriors could acquire him once he becomes a free agent. NBA sources confirmed to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical that Marks’ interpretation is correct.
However, as of now, it remains questionable if both camps have mutual interest. Jordan Schultz of The Huffington Post revealed that the Cavaliers emerged as the top destination for Bogut once the Sixers waive him.
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