Bogans: 'It's good to be back'

Why wasn’t Keith Bogans signed after starting the entire season for a Bulls team that reached the Eastern Conference Finals?

“I have no idea,” said Bogans, who signed with the short-handed Nets on Wednesday after working out with the team on Tuesday at its practice facility.

“It feels great. I’ve been sitting at home for a month and a half going crazy. It’s good to be back on the court, be a Net and play some basketball.”

A league source told ESPN NewYork.com that Bogans will receive the league minimum.

Bogans averaged 4.4 points per game in 17.8 minutes for Chicago.

“I bring toughness, defense-first, I’ll probably guard the best guy on the perimeter. That’s my job,” Bogans said.

Despite not being completely in game shape, Bogans will play a minimum of 12 minutes on Wednesday night against Detroit since New Jersey has only eight healthy players.

“We’ll see,” Bogans replied when asked how long he could play. “I haven’t played since the Eastern Conference Finals last year, so I’ve been working out everyday, but you can’t get in basketball shape unless you’re playing, so we’ll just have to see when I get out there.”