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Andrew Bogut Signs with Kings

Postby koberulz on Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:19 pm

https://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nbl/live-stream-sydney-kings-to-officially-unveil-new-signing-andrew-bogut/news-story/52f2df66dfc4b77b55d4a889d860e1ec
AUSTRALIAN basketball legend Andrew Bogut has promised to both “win games and sell tickets” after being officially unveiled by the Sydney Kings in a landmark day for the NBL.

Bogut, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, has signed a two-year deal in what’s being described as the biggest coup in the history of the competition.

The Boomers star, 33, said while he would be getting paid less than he could have earned in the NBA, the incentive of part ownership of the club had helped get the “world class” deal across the line.

Bogut said he wanted to return to Australia while he was still playing at a high level.

“I’m here to win games. This isn’t an exercise where I’m just here to sell tickets,” Bogut said at a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday.

“We want to win games and sell tickets. I’m still a basketball player and I want to get this team and this franchise back to where it belongs.

“I’m here for the long haul, for the two years.

“There’s no NBA outs, no European outs in my deal. I’m committed to be here for two years and that’s very important to put out there.”
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Re: Andrew Bogut Signs with Kings

Postby shadowgrin on Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:36 pm

Thought it was Sacramento, you got me.
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Re: Andrew Bogut Signs with Kings

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:03 pm

It seems like a good move for him. His NBA career appears to be winding down with opportunities for a major role drying up, and with his wife in the midst of an at-risk pregnancy, being closer to home and family is no doubt an appealing scenario for him. Good for him, and good for the NBL.
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Re: Andrew Bogut Signs with Kings

Postby koberulz on Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:24 pm

Apparently he had two contenders looking for his signature, but opted to stay home.

The NBL season ends in mid-March, so he could still potentially head over and play the end of NBA seasons, although it doesn't seem likely. There was initially speculation he had an NBA out clause (as does pretty much any NBL player who might make the transition), and would never actually play for Sydney. Obviously not the case.

Leaves him as a candidate for the Boomers' World Cup Qualifiers during the NBA season, as well.
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Re: Andrew Bogut Signs with Kings

Postby Andrew on Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:29 pm

Some reports I've heard are describing him as retiring from the NBA (effectively, if not formally), but perhaps that's based on a misunderstanding. Either way, it sounds like he's committed to playing out his NBL contract.
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