According to the report, which cites a source with knowledge of the deal, the contract is worth at least $36 million over the three years with incentives that could bump it up to as much as $42 million. Though the incentives weren’t specified, they likely have to do with the amount of games he plays over the life of the contract. Bogut has been through numerous injuries in his eight-year career, and his durability has always been the biggest question mark.
The move shows that the team feels Bogut is healthy enough to be the defensive anchor they sorely need. When he’s on the floor, he’s one of the best defenders on the team. Hoping that he’ll be on the floor more often than not, however, is a calculated gamble, and one that could pay huge dividends for general manager Bob Myers if it works out:
“We put a lot of money into believing he’s going to be healthy,” Myers said. “In this business, you’re taking risks on players, whether they stay healthy or not. We used all our analysis, all the things we knew, all the information that was at hand with us to make the decision we did.
“Size is a scarcity in the NBA, and we felt like this was somebody we needed to have going forward to be a successful NBA basketball team. He’s a big piece of our recent and past success and hopefully future success. So for us, we were willing to take that risk, and we think it’s a good one.”
Bogut has been able to do a bit of everything since being the No. 1 overall pick out of Utah in the 2005 NBA Draft. He’s averaged 13.7 points and 10.3 rebounds to go along with 1.8 blocks per 36 minutes over the course of his career. If he’s healthy, the Warriors will return one of the strongest rotations in the league and have the added benefit of bringing in another star in Andre Iguodala over the offseason.
A healthy Bogut means the Warriors can compete with anyone, and banking on that is a risk that’s easy to justify.
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