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Report: Andrew Bogut signs with Lakers, not Celtics

Ty Anderson
September 18, 2017 - 11:51 pm

The Celtics will have to continue their search for some much-needed rebounding help elsewhere, as they have once again failed to strike a deal with Andrew Bogut, with agent David Bauman of ISE telling The Vertical that Andrew Bogut has agreed to a one-year, veteran minimum ($2.3 million) deal with the Lakers.

According to The Vertical, Bogut was sold on reuniting with Lakers head coach Luke Walton, as well as offseason roster upgrades Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Bogut was also on board as the answer to the franchise's search for an additional big man, and adding championship experience to the developing roster built by Lakers president Magic Johnson.

A four-year starting center for the Warriors from 2012 to 2016, the 7-foot Bogut averaged 8.4 rebounds (including 6.2 defensive rebounds) in over 22 minutes per night in 26 games for the Mavs last season, before suffering a season-ending injury in just one minute of action with the Cavaliers following his buyout from the 76ers.

From there, though, the Celtics remained a team that always seemed to circle the 32-year-old Bogut during his recovery from a fractured tibia, with an interest in adding him after their flurry of moves in the first week of July, and once again expressing interest following their trade for Kyrie Irving and with one final roster spot still to be filled by Celtics president Danny Ainge.

An 11-year veteran, with stops in four different NBA cities, Bogut has averaged 10 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest in his 671-game NBA career.

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