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Thursday, 4 April 2019

How NBA glamour franchise double-crossed Bogut


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Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut has revealed his frustrations with the Los Angeles Lakers after being ruthlessly cut last season.

Speaking to the Bay Area News Group, Bogut explained how he came to the decision to sign with the Lakers following an unwritten agreement he reached with the front office, before being double-crossed.

"The Lakers told me I’d be there the whole year," Bogut said.

"They went against their word and waived me at the deadline. Whatever. That was their decision.

Magic Johnson

"I was basically lied to."

Due to the fact that he did not want to move his wife and two children from Australia to Los Angeles, Bogut had reservations about signing a non-guaranteed deal last summer in the event he would be cut mid-season or traded.

The Lakers were not willing to give the veteran big man a guaranteed contract due to his extensive injury history, a fact that was understood by Bogut.

However, according to Bogut, the Lakers gave he and his agent David Bauman assurances he would not be waived either for financial reasons or to clear up playing time for the team's younger players.

Andrew Bogut

Despite the assurances given to Bogut, he appeared in just 24 games for the league's most famous franchise before he was waived on January 6, 2017, just four days before his contract would have become guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

"I took their word for that stupidly," Bogut said.

"It’s part of the business. But it’s disappointing because I have two young kids and all that. I was stupid enough to take their word on something I shouldn’t have."

The Lakers' high profile front office includes NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as the president of basketball operations and Rob Pelinka as the general manager.

Both Johnson and Pelinka have come under fire following a spate of disastrous signings that culminated in the Lakers missing the playoffs despite signing four-time MVP LeBron James in the summer, the first time James has missed the post-season since 2005.

Andrew Bogut

While the Lakers are arguably the most storied franchise in NBA history, the last six years have been anything but successful.

The team has continued to have a high turnover of staff and players while failing to reach the playoffs since 2013.

The Lakers' dysfunction is a stark contrast to the current situation Bogut finds himself in; playing for one of the league's best-run franchises in the Golden State Warriors.

"It was a young team and the roster was kind of all over the place," Bogut said.

"Now obviously they got LeBron [James] and their own issues they are dealing with. It was definitely an interesting organization to be a part of after coming from Golden State. It’s just different. It’s ran differently."

Australian NBA star Andrew Bogut has revealed his frustrations with the Los Angeles Lakers after being ruthlessly cut last season.

Speaking to the Bay Area News Group, Bogut explained how he came to the decision to sign with the Lakers following an unwritten agreement he reached with the front office, before being double-crossed.

"The Lakers told me I’d be there the whole year," Bogut said.

"They went against their word and waived me at the deadline. Whatever. That was their decision.

Magic Johnson

"I was basically lied to."

Due to the fact that he did not want to move his wife and two children from Australia to Los Angeles, Bogut had reservations about signing a non-guaranteed deal last summer in the event he would be cut mid-season or traded.

The Lakers were not willing to give the veteran big man a guaranteed contract due to his extensive injury history, a fact that was understood by Bogut.

However, according to Bogut, the Lakers gave he and his agent David Bauman assurances he would not be waived either for financial reasons or to clear up playing time for the team's younger players.

Andrew Bogut

Despite the assurances given to Bogut, he appeared in just 24 games for the league's most famous franchise before he was waived on January 6, 2017, just four days before his contract would have become guaranteed for the remainder of the season.

"I took their word for that stupidly," Bogut said.

"It’s part of the business. But it’s disappointing because I have two young kids and all that. I was stupid enough to take their word on something I shouldn’t have."

The Lakers' high profile front office includes NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson as the president of basketball operations and Rob Pelinka as the general manager.

Both Johnson and Pelinka have come under fire following a spate of disastrous signings that culminated in the Lakers missing the playoffs despite signing four-time MVP LeBron James in the summer, the first time James has missed the post-season since 2005.

Andrew Bogut

While the Lakers are arguably the most storied franchise in NBA history, the last six years have been anything but successful.

The team has continued to have a high turnover of staff and players while failing to reach the playoffs since 2013.

The Lakers' dysfunction is a stark contrast to the current situation Bogut finds himself in; playing for one of the league's best-run franchises in the Golden State Warriors.

"It was a young team and the roster was kind of all over the place," Bogut said.

"Now obviously they got LeBron [James] and their own issues they are dealing with. It was definitely an interesting organization to be a part of after coming from Golden State. It’s just different. It’s ran differently."

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