Feb 19, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) and power forward Marvin Williams (2) box out Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the first half at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz Discussing Andrew Bogut Deal

November 05, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) between plays against the Sacramento Kings during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Golden State Warriors 94-92. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors have found a suitor to help them clear some salary cap space in their pursuit of prized free agent Dwight Howard.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Warriors and Utah Jazz are discussing a trade that would send Andrew Bogut to Utah. Stein reports that the Jazz have showed the “strongest interest” in Bogut, as they eye him as a potential replacement for Al Jefferson, who signed a lucrative contract with the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday.

Bogut also played his college ball for Utah, so it is no surprise that the Jazz are interested in bringing him in.

The Warriors are looking to unload cap space, and getting rid of Bogut’s $14 million salary will certainly help. The hope is that they can clear enough room to be able to sign Howard outright, instead of having to do a sign-and-trade with the Lakers.

Golden State has also been trying to deal Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson, who both have big expiring contracts.

Peter Vescey reported on Thursday night that the Warriors have teams willing to absorb the contracts of Biedrins, Jefferson, and Bogut (their salaries amount to over $30 million), but of course they would have to sweeten the deal a bit with a draft pick or another player.

However, first things first — Andrew Bogut could be headed to the Jazz.

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