ANDREW Bogut is actively seeking his release from the Philadelphia 76ers in hopes of joining a playoff team, reportedly eyeing to team up with the reigning champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
League sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Sunday (Monday, Manila time) that Bogut’s agent, David Bauman and the Sixers are in negotiations for a buyout of the Australian big man’s contract. Bogut hopes to be waived by Wednesday, the league’s deadline for players to be released and still be playoff-eligible for the new team they wish to join.
The buyout is close to a done deal, according to one source, and other sources in Dallas, where Bogut last played before being dealt to Philadelphia as part of the Nerlens Noel deal, said they expect the Aussie to end up with Cleveland.
Other teams like the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs were also interested in making a run at Bogut should he get his release from the Sixers. Despite reuniting with his former Australian national team coach Brett Brown in Philadelphia, Bogut has told team officials his desire to suit up for a playoff team to make up for the time he missed due to injuries in a contract year for him.
Bogut has only played in 26 games this year with Dallas due to various ailments like a bone bruise in his knee and a strained hamstring among others that got him sidelined. Ironically, he was also part of the Golden State Warriors team that the Cavs beat in the 2016 NBA Finals. He was then sent to Dallas to clear cap space for the Warriors to nab Kevin Durant.
This season, Bogut is averaging a career-low 3 points per game to go with 8.3 rebounds.