OAKLAND, USA - Australian veteran Andrew Bogut rejoined the Golden State Warriors as the National Basketball Association champions bolster their roster with the postseason looming, the team announced on Wednesday, March 6 (Thursday, March 7, Manila time). "But DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins isn't just an NBA All-Star - he's an all-world top-ten type talent, a genuine superstar and franchise player who also happens to be 6'11" tall.
Prior to the announcement, Warriors star Steph Curry said he was "surprised" but excited at the prospect of playing with Bogut again.
He won the NBL MVP as a member of the Sydey Kings, leading the league with 11.6 rebounds per game.
Bogut returns to Oakland after 4 successful seasons with the team between 2012 and 2016.
"I think it will be great for us to have Bogut back", Draymond Green said after Wednesday's practice, when the two-time defending champions met and re-established their goals.
Originally selected by Milwaukee with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, Bogut was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2006 and was an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2009-10.
Bogut, whose NBL season ended Sunday in the league's semifinals, has received clearance from the Sydney Kings and is working on securing a USA work visa.
"Obviously I know they [have] got a couple more steps before it's official, but he's a guy that we [have] got a lot of experience with. He knows how we do things around here", Curry told the media following the Warriors' morning shootaround.
During his time in the NBA, Bogut averaged 9.8 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots through 694 games.
'For me it's an honor to play there. and not play a minute.
"He was instrumental in that turnaround to become a championship-caliber team".
The move gives Bogut the chance to renew his rivalry with Kiwi Steven Adams, whose Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the frontrunners to challenge the Warriors in the western conference.