Andrew Bogut, Warriors talk deal
Bogut, who is scheduled to become a free agent in July, told the website that agent David Bauman and the Warriors began discussions last week and that neither side wants the issue to carry far into the regular season. He said he expects to sign a contract extension soon or become a free agent. The Warriors open the regular season Oct. 30.
The Warriors' opening offer wasn't "insulting," Bogut told NBA.com. "But [the numbers] weren't what I'm looking for. Nothing concrete has been actually formally written up. We've just been going back and forth, but nothing too crazy."
Bogut -- who missed 50 of 82 games with ankle, back and knee injuries during the 2012-13 season -- also said he would agree to games-played incentives.
"Just based on the fact that my last two injuries I can't control," Bogut said. "If these were chronic injuries from lack of conditioning or not working out in the summer or being a fat slob, I can understand the caution. But would I do things to the extent that Andrew Bynum's done with his contract? Hell no. The clauses that he has, there's no chance I would sign a contract. But basically having game incentives -- whatever the number is, 60, 70, whatever it is -- I have no problem. I think that's only fair."
The center also told NBA.com that while he understood the Warriors' efforts to sign Dwight Howard, he would keep that in mind during contract talks.
"It's nothing personal between business," he told the website. "I definitely remember that. That's just a part of the NBA and a part of business. You want to get as much as you can for your worth, and they want to get as much as they can out of you and they want to get as much as they can from anyone.
"I definitely don't believe that there was nothing there. I believe there was something there. And if I was sitting in the GM's position with the Golden State Warriors, I'd make that deal. It's a future Hall of Fame center for a guy that was banged up and struggled through a season. I can't take [that] personally. It's a business. They're trying to get better. Obviously it does play on your mind a little bit in the offseason, but that's part of business. At the same time, if I do become a free agent, I'm going to do what I can to do what's best for myself."
Bogut is in the final year of his five-year, $60 million contract. He is eligible for a maximum three-year extension with the Warriors or could sign a four-year deal as a free agent, NBA.com reported. He told the website he would sign the contract extension if the money met his expectations.
For the time being, he said his focus this season will be on the Warriors.
"I'm committed to the Golden State Warriors right now, to be here," he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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