The Golden State Warriors this past offseason went through a lot of shuffling of their roster in order to land Kevin Durant. One of the players affected by this was Andrew Bogut, who was sent to the Dallas Mavericks in a trade. In a recent interview with NBA.com, Bogut may have already found his new long-term home.
“From what I’ve seen so far I love it, it’s much more suited to me as a person. I like California. But Texas, just the people here and the mentality’s a little slower probably than California with the every-day helter-skelter life. Whereas here it’s a little bit different culturally, in a good way. I wouldn’t say California or Texas is better. For myself, it feels like just a cool city. I like it. There’s a lot of good places to go. I didn’t realize how big the Dallas-Fort Worth area is. There’s a lot to do here, a lot of good restaurants and good cafes, a lot of nice people.
“When I first got here I couldn’t believe how nice the people were. People who didn’t even know who I was, just talking. ‘Hello. How are you? How’s your day?’ when you go into a shop. You just don’t hear that anymore. I guess it’s kind of that Texas mentality. I tweeted about it and some people were like, ‘You’re crazy, it never happens,’ but I experienced the first three, four days I was here. People were very nice to me. If I can be here long term, yeah, I’d love to.”
This could be excellent news for the Mavericks’ future as Bogut can still be a productive player. He’s one of the best rim protectors in the league that’s in his early 30s. Given an opportunity to play in an extended role, Bogut could quickly become a centerpiece player alongside fellow offseason addition Harrison Barnes.
Bogut is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, and how he plays this upcoming season for the Mavericks will be a huge determinate about the size of the contract he will receive. With the league salary cap set to rise significantly once again, it will be critical for him to put together a strong campaign in order to cash in big time. This will also be where Dallas make it clear whether that interest in return is mutual.