Andrew Bogut returns to Australia with Sydney Kings in major boon for NBL


NBL champion Shane Heal has lauded the Sydney Kings recruitment of Andrew Bogut while

NBL champion Shane Heal has lauded the Sydney Kings’ recruitment of Andrew Bogut while championship-winning coach Brendan Joyce labelled it the biggest signing in the league’s history.

Bogut has confirmed the move on Twitter, but the Andrew Gaze-coach club is yet to finalise the full details of the NBA championship-winning centre’s recruitment. The Kings tweeted on Monday they had” submitted to NBL head office appropriate paperwork for @andrewbogut for review and processing “.

Heal and Joyce told Fox Sports the signing was a coup for the NBL.” Everyone thought they[ the Kings] sleep well and then bang ,” Heal said.” There’s no doubt he can still play in the NBA … Bogut will be the glue; he’ll predominate this league not just statistically but in a way where he’ll attain his squad better. This is an endorsement for where NBL’s at, at the moment .”

Joyce believes the 33 -year-old Bogut will make a massive impact on the NBL. “[ He is] one of the most intelligent big humen I’ve ever been around ,” he said.” We talk about talent and we talk about[ basketball] IQ and he’s off the following chart in that area.

” Bogut will be able to rating but I rate him one of our greatest passers, up there with[ Luc] Longley as a big man and that’s a big reason why Golden State wanted him. I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of NBA teams wanting him so this is an unbelievable signing for the Monarch, who are beneficiaries the NBL .”

Last month, Bogut announced he would not return to the NBA for the remainder of the 2017 -1 8 season because he wanted to stay in Australia with his pregnant wife. He said on Fox Footy’s On the Mark program last week he wanted to help to spark more interest in Australian basketball.

” I think to come back and perhaps play a season or two would be the icing on the cake for my career ,” he said.

The veteran Boomers star became the first Australian to be the NBA’s overall No 1 draft pick when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005. After seven seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to Golden state where he won a championship with the Stephen Curry-led Warriors in 2015.

The 2.13 m Melbourne-born Bogut was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks the following year and after one season moved to Cleveland, where he broke his left leg 56 seconds into his Cavaliers debut. Late last year, Bogut signed with the Los Angeles Lakers but was waived by the club in January this year.

His signature is just what the Kings need after finishing seventh last season in the eight-team NBL.

” They will have expended a luck on this team that’s been assembled ,” Heal said.” Fund talks and they’re at a stage where they’re desperate to bring a title back to Sydney .”

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