Bogut admits his time in Dallas is almost up
BASKETBALL: Andrew Bogut can see the writing on the wall in Dallas.
The Mavericks centre, moved to a bench role on one of the NBA's worst teams, doesn't expect to be in Texas past the end of the season. And he could be out the door sooner than that.
Speaking to Sky Sports Radio after Mavs coach Rick Carlisle agreed to his request to start on the pine in the best interests of a team starting another seven-footer - veteran star Dirk Nowitzki - at power forward, Bogut believes his time in Dallas won't last the year.
Bogut famously lost his starting role during the NBA Finals with Golden State because of match-up issues - and knows his latest demotion doesn't bode well for his future with the Mavs.
"Thankfully I'm a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on,” Bogut said.
"I don't see myself hanging around with everything that's gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead.”
Asked if he expected to be moved before the February 23 trade deadline, Bogut said: "You never know.”
In the final season of a three-year $36 million deal he signed with Golden State in 2014, Bogut has added value as a trade asset.
He could appeal to a team looking to immediately waive him to create salary cap space for other signings, which would then allow him to target a team of his choosing.
"I've got a valuable contract ... having four months left on my contract I'm a valuable commodity to be moved,” he said.
But the 32-year-old also brings proven quality as a big man who can rebound and protect the rim, valuable traits for any contender needing help in those areas.