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Kerr confirms Warriors in Bogut NBA talks

Andrew Gaze says the Sydney Kings have a philosophy that will allow Andrew Bogut to return to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr confirms Warriors in Bogut NBA talks

Andrew Gaze says the Sydney Kings have a philosophy that will allow Andrew Bogut to return to the NBA with the Golden State Warriors.

ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California.
ANDREW BOGUT #66 of the Los Angeles Lakers poses during media day in El Segundo, California. Picture:Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Andrew Bogut is poised to rejoin the NBA champion Golden State Warriors with head coach Steve Kerr confirming talks are under way.

The Australian centre, who spent four years at the Warriors and won the 2015 championship, has sparked interest from multiple NBA teams after a successful first year with the Sydney Kings in the NBL.


"We have been in talks with Bogut and his representatives and nothing is official," Kerr told reporters on Monday.

"There's things that have to happen and we can't really comment on them until it is official."

The Warriors are reportedly waiting for the Kings to sign a letter of clearance but that appears to be a fait accompli.

Departing Kings coach Andrew Gaze confirmed to SEN that the NBL team has a philosophy of not standing in the way of players with a chance to make an NBA roster.

Gaze said Bogut had received interest from NBA teams during the NBL season but he wanted to finish the year with the Kings before he considered his options.

Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers were also reportedly interested in signing the Bogut.

Golden State were forced to ship Bogut to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 to clear salary cap space for All-Star Kevin Durant, sparking an unsettled period for the Melbourne-born star, who was the NBA's No.1 draft pick in 2005.

In February 2017 the Mavericks sent Bogut to the Philadelphia 76ers, who waived him almost immediately, allowing the Cleveland Cavaliers to pick him up.

It was a disaster with the Australian breaking his leg just 56 seconds into his first game.

The Los Angeles Lakers signed Bogut at the start of the 2017-18 season but waived him a few months later.

Bogut returned to Australia, signed a two-year deal with the Kings, won the NBL MVP and defensive player of the year awards and attracted the attention of NBA teams.

The 34-year-old is expected to easily fit back into the Warriors, with most of the key members, including Kerr and players Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala still with the team.

Durant told reporters the team trusted management to make the right moves to bolster the roster ahead of the playoffs.

"We trust whoever they bring in as long as he does his job," Durant said when asked about Bogut.

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