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Lakers news: Andrew Bogut agrees to one-year, $2.3 million deal

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Veteran big man Andrew Bogut on Monday evening as his agent has announced that his client that he has inked a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum worth $2.3 million, according to ESPN. 

The deal is for a veterans minimum of $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter. Sources told ESPN the deal is not fully guaranteed.

There had been no previous reports of Bogut holding contract discussions with Los Angeles as it had been rumored that he was receiving interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, and Utah Jazz. Bogut had begun last season with the Dallas Mavericks but was moved to the Philadelphia 76ers in February, where he was bought out of his contract.  

He then signed a new deal with the Cleveland, where he suffered a broken less than a minute into his debut with the team. Bogut was released by the Cavaliers shortly after he forced to miss the rest of the season. 

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Lakers head coach Luke Walton had pushed hard to get Bogut to sign with Los Angeles. The two have a strong connection that goes back to their time together with the Golden State Warriors two seasons ago. 

The addition of the 32-year-old has the potential to be a strong addition off the bench he averaged 2.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 22.4 minutes per game in 27 games played with 21 starts. He has the potential to be a strong source of rebounding and a rim protector while providing frontcourt depth.

In light of the move, rookie forward Kyle Kuzma took to Twitter to voice his excitement about another former Utah Ute to join the team. 

Bogut will likely need a strong training camp and preseason to make the roster to earn playing time with rookie big man Thomas Bryant and second-year center Ivica Zubac behind offseason addition Brook Lopez. Los Angeles is set to begin training camp next week. 

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He was previously the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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