Andrew Bogut free agency: Four teams are vying for veteran big man

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Mar 6, 2017; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers centre Andrew Bogut (6) lays on the floor after being injured during the first half against the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena. USA TODAY Sports / Ken Blaze

Veteran centre Andrew Bogut has drawn interest from up to four teams in free agency. In March, the Australian big man fractured his left tibia barely seconds into his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Since then, Bogut has undergone a rigorous rehabilitation programme, believing he is ready to contribute to a "winning club" in the 2017-18 NBA season. 

Fellow Australian Joe Ingles would love his NBA team Utah Jazz to sign Bogut as Rudy Gobert's back-up. In Ingles and Dante Exum, the Jazz already have two Boomers on their roster. "I would love for him to come over to Utah. He's got a connection there already and if they want to take him I'll happily have him," Ingles told the AAP.

With almost every team reaching its salary cap floor, Bogut has realised that he would likely have to ink a Veteran Minimum contract. It would pay him significantly lesser than his US$12 million (AU$15.8 million) per year salary with the Golden State Warriors and Dallas Mavericks.

Andrew Bogut free agency: Aussie big man weighing his options

Last month, Bogut revealed that he's factoring in the four choices at hand. “They’re all competitive and winning clubs. I’m hoping a few more sneak in there once a few more players have settled. Money won’t be the number one driver, there are other factors I’m looking at, such as role and winning. The first step was to flick over the x-rays and scans, so they’ve got all those. Now it is about discussing terms and length of contract. The teams are waiting on a couple of guys, so they know the exact cap space," he told SEN Radio.

Bogut is still viewed as one of the league's premier rim protectors. In 2015, Bogut helped the Warriors clinch the NBA championship in a gruelling six-game Finals series against the Cavaliers. 

He was averaging 3.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game for Dallas before getting traded during February's deadline. Despite his fading athleticism, Bogut could prove to be a crucial member for a NBA championship contender.