Andrew Bogut has played in just 44 games in Golden State Warriors uniform, but apparently the team is impressed enough to be willing to talk about a contract extension for their starting center.
According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, the Warriors and Bogut are in contract talks, which are expected to “heat up” next week after the team returns from China.
Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News adds that the two sides have “strong interest in getting this deal done sooner rather than later.”
Bogut loves being a Warrior and is looking for security. GSWs know he’s a unique talent & would like payroll stability into the future.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 16, 2013
Bogut, who is entering a contract year, has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons and ever since he was traded to the Warriors in 2012 in the Monta Ellis deal. He averaged 5.8 points and 7.7 rebounds in 32 regular season games last year, and really stepped it up in the playoffs, scoring 7.2 points and grabbing 10.9 boards.
Signing Bogut right now may be the Warriors’ best chance to sign him for a cheap price, as Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group points out, since it comes with the risk that Bogut may get injured again.
Last month, Bogut told Thompson that he was not worried about a contract extension.
“I’m a firm believer that’ll take care of itself,” Bogut said. “I’m not the type to go into the front office, slam my fist on the table, and say ‘I want this, I want that.’ I respect the organization and what they’re doing, and I believe they respect me and the way I’ve handled the injury. In due course, it’ll take care of itself.”