Note: This post originally appeared on Mavs Fanatic
Andrew Bogut’s days as a Dallas Maverick appear to be numbered and the Australian center knows it.
During a radio phone interview with Sky Sports, Bogut said he envisions his future with another basketball club, with the February 23 trade deadline quickly approaching.
“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.”
35 games into the 2016-17 NBA regular season, the Mavs have failed to make a frontcourt combo of Dirk Nowitzki and Bogut work. The Mavs lack of success, coupled with the barrage of injuries, have Bogut recently being regulated to a bench role.
There’s no point of starting with Dirk and then getting pulled 30 seconds into a game,” Bogut told ESPN. “So I went to coach and said, ‘If you’re going to continue to do that, just bring me off the bench. I won’t be offended. We’ll get on with life.”
While the Mavs remain just four games out of the eighth and final playoff spot, it appears apparent now more than ever that it’s time for the Mavs to rebuild and Bogut could be a key piece in the rebuilding process.
“I’ve got a valuable contract … having four months left on my contract I’m a valuable commodity to be moved,” Bogut said.
Bogut, 32, is in the final year of a three-year, approximately $42 million incentive-laden contract extension he signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2013 after reportedly requesting a trade to the Mavs to make room for Kevin Durant. In 19 games this season, he’s averaged 3.3 points, a team-high 9.7 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.
“He wants to win. And he’s a proud guy. He deserves to start. They [Dirk and Bogut] both do. But we haven’t been able to make it work really well. So, this is where we were,” Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said.