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Report: Celtics among 4 teams talking to Andrew Bogut

Ty Anderson
September 13, 2017 - 5:49 pm

Nearing a clean bill of health, veteran center Andrew Bogut is nearing a decision on his next destination and remains in talks with at least four NBA teams, including the Celtics.

According to The Boston Globe, Bogut was scheduled to undergo a final bone scan on his left leg Tuesday and expected to be cleared for a full return to play, according to a league source. The source also said that Bogut is planning to return to the US from his home in Australia this weekend and hopes to finalize a deal next week.

The Celtics, of course, have one final open roster spot to their name following their trade with the Cavaliers in which the Celtics moved three pieces off their roster (Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and Ante Zizic) in exchange for one (Kyrie Irving).

And while Celtics president Danny Ainge has entertained the idea of leaving that spot open through training camp, the C’s have identified rebounding as a remaining need, especially with Zizic now out of the picture, which makes Bogut intriguing.

Bogut, a four-year starting center for the Warriors from 2012 to 2016, averaged 8.4 rebounds (6.2 defensive rebounds) in 22:24 minutes per night for the Mavs last season, before suffering a season-ending injury in just one minute of action with the Cavaliers.

In a 671-game career split between the Bucks, Warriors, Mavericks, and Cavaliers, the Australian-born Bogut has averaged 10 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.

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