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.
Lakers coach Luke Walton, who was with Bogut at Golden State, was a chief recruiter of the 32-year-old, coming off a broken left tibia.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) September 19, 2017
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.
Two utes in LA👀 @andrewbogut
— kuz (@kylekuzma) September 19, 2017
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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