Free agent Andrew Bogut has agreed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to reports from agent David Bauman.
The centre, who has previously played for both the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, will allegedly sign a ‘veteran minimum’ deal, meaning a salary of around $2.3 million. At such a low cost, this could prove to be a shrewd move for the Lakers, who picked up Brook Lopez earlier in the Summer. Ivaca Zubac is still raw, and so the pickup of Bogut to play off the bench could prove invaluable over the season.
The Australian was picked at number one by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 NBA draft, and has been a stalwart figure in the national side. Earning a ring with the Warriors in 2015, his career has taken an unfortunate turn – after suffering a broken leg in his debut season with the Cavaliers earlier this year, he was waived in March.
The Lakers will look to Bogut to provide rebounding and rim protection off the bench, something that will surely supplement the flair of Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.