The Golden State Warriors have locked up Andrew Bogut for the next three seasons, signing the center to a three-year, $36 million contract extension that could be worth up to $42 million with incentives.
Talks between the Warriors and Bogut had been increasing in recent weeks, and the two sides came to an agreement on Friday.
Bogut, who would have been 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 cheaper price, as Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group points out, since it comes with the risk that Bogut may get injured again. Plus, the incentive-ladened contract gives Bogut more than a few reasons to stay healthy.
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.”