Warriors, Bogut Begin Negotiations

Andrew Bogut is ready to get down to business with the Warriors once he returns to the States.

Andrew Bogut is ready to get down to business with the Warriors once he returns to the States.

SHANGHAI, China – The Warriors and Andrew Bogut have opened negotiations on a contract extension designed to keep him off the free-agent market in July, he told NBA.com, with Bogut willing to make major concessions to stay but also looking for payback from management for pursuing Dwight Howard last offseason.

Bogut said team officials started conversations with agent David Bauman last week, before the Warriors left Oakland for exhibition games in Beijing and Shanghai against the Lakers. Bogut expects talks to heat up once Golden State returns to the United States following the Friday night contest (7:30 a.m. ET, NBA TV). The issue will come to some resolution by early in the regular season: either he will have a new deal soon or he will become a free agent because neither side wants the discussions dragging long into 2013-14.

Bogut said the initial numbers from the Warriors, “weren’t insulting. But they weren’t what I’m looking for. Nothing concrete has been actually formally written up. We’ve just been going back and forth, but nothing too crazy.”

Not insulting is encouraging — the sides are starting in the same vicinity.

Additionally, in a move that creates more common ground on what could have been a contentious point, Bogut is willing to accept a deal with incentive clauses based on games played, a nod to his battle with injuries. Management would obviously like the idea of protecting itself, a give-back it didn’t get a year ago in negotiations with Stephen Curry, who had his own health issues but got his extension fully guaranteed.

“Just based on the fact that my last two injuries I can’t control,” Bogut said. “If these were chronic injuries from lack of conditioning or not working out in the summer or being a fat slob, I can understand the caution. But would I do things to the extent that Andrew Bynum’s done with his contract? Hell no. The clauses that he has, there’s no chance I would sign a contract. But basically having game incentives — whatever the number is, 60, 70, whatever it is — I have no problem. I think that’s only fair.”

The compromise from the Warriors in what would likely be a three-year extension, tacked on to the end of 2013-14 as the final season of the current deal on the books for $14.2 million, will be the larger payments if Bogut reaches the incentives.

And there is the Howard factor. The Warriors were one of the final five contenders as the Dwightmare played out in free agency, which would have meant trading Bogut, though how close they came to pulling off the Andre Igoudala-Howard double or committing to Howard rather than Igoudala has never been clear. General manager Bob Myers said in the summer Howard’s camp was upfront with the Warriors being longshots, but owner Joe Lacob told Sean Deveney of Sporting News in October that “We were a lot closer than people realize to that actually happening.”

Bogut watched and agreed with the pursuit of Howard. But he also remembered. He plans to remember all the way to the negotiating table.

“Oh, of course,” he told NBA.com “A hundred percent. Yeah. It’s nothing personal between business. I definitely remember that. That’s just a part of the NBA and a part of business. You want to get as much as you can for your worth and they want to get as much as they can out of you and they want to get as much as they can from anyone.

“I definitely don’t believe that there was nothing there. I believe there was something there. And if I was sitting in the GM’s position with the Golden State Warriors, I’d make that deal. It’s a future Hall of Fame center for a guy that was banged up and struggled through a season. I can’t take personally. It’s a business. They’re trying to get better. Obviously it does play on your mind a little bit in the offseason, but that’s part of business. At the same time, if I do become a free agent, I’m going do what I can to do what’s best for myself.”

Asked if he has started to look at other teams and consider how he would fit, Bogut said: “Not any thought. Not any thought at all, to be honest. And I wouldn’t. I wouldn’t like to and I wouldn’t want to during the season. I’m committed to the Golden State Warriors right now, to be here. But my agent has told me there’s been some teams that have been calling. My agent’s told me there are some teams that are very interested and are prepared to sign me. We’ll see what’s that worth and go from there.”

But does he know the teams?

“Yeah. I’m not going to let that out yet. A couple of teams in the West.”

Intriguing teams?

“I mean, somewhat, yeah,” Bogut responded. “Like I said, California state tax plays a big part in things. But first and foremost, I want to be here. I do want to be here. But under the right circumstances obviously.”

The tampering claims will almost certainly never come to light. But Bogut either feels very secure about his options in July if he doesn’t reach a deal now with the Warriors or is doing a good selling job. It’s playing the negotiating game. It may also become payback for last summer.

Bogut is also choosing between an extension now at a maximum of three years or waiting to become a free agent and being able to get a lot more money with a four-year deal. He said, though, he will sign now and give up the additional season if the money is right.

15 Comments

  1. Dub Quest says:

    Bogut has the heart,enthusiasm,experience,talent,and ability(if healthy),to be exactly the player the Warriors need with their current roster to advance to the next level.That level is to compete for an NBA Title…Although I was not in favor of it,the Dwight Howard possibility was intriguing,thus,it had to be explored…Again,I’m glad it didn’t happen,but it will,of course be a negotiating tool for Bogut…However,I also hope he and his agent don’t take that too far and recognize the opportunity that lies in front of them and this team !!Too many times players have opted for what they believed to to be greener pasture$ only to dissappear from the NBA feature conversations(see Baron Davis,Stephen Jackson and Mickel Pietrus to name a few).Both the Bogut camp and the Warriors should recognize a good thing when it’s right in front of them and act accordingly ! I expect this as well as the next few seasons to be great for The Warrior Nation.Hopefully,the afforementioned will see that as well !!

  2. yon says:

    Wen want you in the bay big guy. Stay strong, stay positive and above all stay in the bay!

  3. Sam says:

    I would sign him over Dwight Coward any day, this guy has all the skills, and if he stays healthy will help them get deep in the playoffs.

  4. Dan says:

    I agree with the comment above saying go to the Spurs, been thinking for years he should do that, He would work well with that organisation.

    Warriors are a good fit though, for both parties.

  5. wooderson says:

    best big man in the league you would think the warriors would break the bank. the thing is I think all the warriors boys should take cuts to stay together to win a championship

    • evebathowsai says:

      exactly. For the better good, for the championship. Even though I’m a magic supporter. I’m aussie and I’m from Brisbane, living not too far away from where which bogut grew up. My magic is still in re-building status. GO Warriors. With Lee and Bogut, they should go further!!!

  6. Sam says:

    Bogut has outstanding chemistry with Curry. With how big, long and strong Bogut is, imagine how hard it would be to fight over the pick to reach the shooter. On defence, he DEFENDS and rebounds. Very intelligent player. How many other NBA players can you say that about? They really can’t afford to lose him.

  7. Alex Hehr says:

    Bogut is NOT worth what he got originally, and what he is now asking. Top dollar for a less than stellar performance is not on.
    He’s a big body prone to injury. I hope GSW let’s him go

  8. Alan Hollway says:

    Dear Andrew,

    Some career advice. Pretend I am your agent. Forget the Warriors they were out to release you for Howard, go where there is loyalty between franchise and player go to a franchise who needs a second big man to compliment the roster. go to a franchise that has a chance to win a championship with you in the team where you will add defensive big man power and not need offensive talents. Go where it is best for you and the franchise, where the culture is right. your 30 now, seek the ring man, go where your defensive skills are surely needed, where one defensive rebound would have won the NBA Championship. The answer of course is the San Antonio Spurs. Team up with Timmy D, work with POP, you are a straight ahead guy, real not full of it. The Spurs is the right fit. get your agent to call R. C at Spurs Land. there is a history of Aussie and foreign talent at San Antonio, create the twin towers era in San Antonio again. Chris Bosh would never have got that offensive rebound with you there. It’s not too late, Spurs to win 5th Championship and you your 1st. Get on the phone to R.C and POP. We want you in silver and black.

  9. Bwillo says:

    Being an Aussie I love having a top flight player in the league but all involved need to be cautious. So many 7 footers have had issues that seem recoverable yet it doesn’t happen. I can think of a couple of other number 1 picks to start with. I think he is in the top 2 or 3 full blown centres in the league (I’m a lakers fan but Pau isnt a proper centre), I hope he can get 100% cause he is running out of time to for fill his potential and living only 15 miles from where he grew up I hope he succeeds

  10. blakangel says:

    Sounds like Bogut called Bynum a fat slob?

  11. Andy says:

    I love how this dude is so real

  12. Stuart Damon says:

    If his ankle is 100% GSW’s Should sign him.

    He was a best in the playoffs when they shot his ankle with pain killers.

  13. Jimmy Jazz says:

    There is so many advantages for both sides to work out a deal.