Andrew Bogut NBA comeback: Aussie veteran nearing full return from injury, on free agency market


Andrew Bogut breaks his leg on debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

SPECULATION that Andrew Bogut’s NBA career might be over has been quashed, with the Australian big-man set to enter the NBA free agent market when it opens on Saturday.

That’s according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, who reported Thursday (US time) that Bogut is two weeks from being cleared for full basketball activities, after already being cleared to resume running and jumping.

Bogut, 32, has been rehabbing in Melbourne, Australia after suffering a fractured left tibia just a minute into his Cleveland Cavaliers debut.

The seven-footer spent the majority of the 2016-17 regular season with the Dallas Mavericks, before being bought out, then ultimately signing with the Cavaliers. Bogut’s injury forced the then-defending-champions to release him from his contract.

Andrew Bogut during his brief Cleveland Cavaliers stint.

Andrew Bogut during his brief Cleveland Cavaliers stint
 “It’s very deflating,” Cleveland superstar LeBron James said at the time. “It’s a tough moment. We all were excited about the acquisition.”While Bogut’s career has been plagued with injury, NBA teams are likely to show interest in the Melbourne-native, who’s a proven champion and rim protector in the league.

Bogut, the 2005 draft’s No.1 overall pick, has averaged 10.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game over his 12 year career in the NBA.

Source: www.news.com.au