And the NBA rumor mill keeps spinning…
Earlier today, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz were in trade talks regarding Warriors center Andrew Bogut.
Now, Stein has backtracked, saying that they are no longer exploring trade possibilities with Bogut.
Instead, the Warriors are “aggressively” trying to deal Andris Biedrins and Richard Jefferson. All three players — Bogut, Biedrins, and Jefferson — have big expiring contracts that the Warriors are attempting to rid themselves of.
There has been no clarification to Stein’s report. Is he implying that the Warriors already have a deal in place for Bogut and therefore not shopping him around anymore, or does he mean that they are just not trading Bogut, period?
The Warriors have been trying to clear space space in the case that prized free agent Dwight Howard chooses to come to the Bay Area.
Howard is expected to make his free agent decision today, choosing between five teams that include the Warriors.
Ken Berger of CBSSports reports that they have “offered the likes of Bogut, Biedrins and Jefferson to the Hawks, Cavaliers and Jazz,” in an effort to clear cap room.
However, Berger says that the Warriors are “intent on clearing room regardless of Howard’s decision.”
We’ll see what happens with Andrew Bogut first; will he be a Warrior next season?