October 16, 2013
Bogut, 28, will earn $14 million this season and can expect a three-year offer or choose to test the free agent market following this season.
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Here are three reasons the Warriors should re-sign him:
- Health. The 7-footer has fully recovered from a Jan. 2012 ankle injury and is moving with ease. The soon-to-be 29-year-old is slimmed down and toned and looks to have many prime playing years ahead of him. His A-Grade effort in last season’s playoff run while playing on a bad ankle and strong showing this preseason while healthy are indicative of what he can do regardless.
- Leadership. When David Lee was hurt in the first-round playoff series with Denver, Bogut stepped up his role becoming one of the acknowledged captains and respected voices in the locker room. He put himself on the line for his team helping them beat the Nuggets before pushing the Spurs to six games in the conference semi’s. It’s hard to imagine the Warriors taking the next step without him.
- Bigs are rare. Centers are cherished in the NBA and the Warriors haven’t had a serious presence in the paint in decades – no offense to Andris Biedrins and Adonal Foyle. Bogut is a legit top ten center who is among the top five shot blockers in the league and is by far the game’s top passing big man. And unless 2012 draft picks Festus Ezeli and Ognjen Kuzmic are destined to be the next version of the Twin Towers – not saying they won’t be either - a Bogut deal needs to get done before years' end.