The Golden State Warriors could be gearing up to trade center Andrew Bogut just two years after acquiring him from the Milwaukee Bucks. Entering the final year of his current contract, Bogut is developing into a nice trading piece, both because he comes off the books after next season, and because when healthy he’s among the best centers in the game.
While several teams should express interest, the Utah Jazz have reportedly been the loudest on the matter. What the Jazz would give up to land Bogut and his expiring contract, however, remains a mystery.
The Jazz recently let center Al Jefferson walk in free agency (to the Charlotte Bobcats) and appeared perfectly content rolling into the 2013-14 NBA season with a rotation of Paul Millsap, Enes Center and Derrick Favors at the four and give spots. Adding Bogut, however, could give Kanter even more time to develop at center, while improving Utah’s front line and also helping them prepare for a few big moves in 2014.
Depending on what Utah gives up now to land Bogut, the move could help them develop quickly into a serious contender within a year’s time.
However, for now the Jazz are loaded up on interesting young talent across the board.
On the flip-side, the Warriors’ interest in unloading Bogut could be a preliminary move to help them land star center Dwight Howard. Howard would fit in nicely with Golden State’s up-tempo offense, although it would be interesting to see what else the Warriors have to do to be able to afford Howard, whether they try to nail down a sign and trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, or attempt to lure Howard in on a straight up deal.
For now, all we know is that Bogut is very much available, along with veterans Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrins.