Warriors extend Bogut's contract

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The Golden State Warriors signed center Andrew Bogut to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Yahoo! Sports reported that the deal is a three-year extension that could reach up to $43 million with incentives.

Bogut averaged 5.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.72 blocks in 24.6 minutes over 32 regular-season games for the Warriors last season. In 12 postseason games, he averaged 7.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.50 blocks, while shooting 58.2 percent from the field as the Warriors reached the Western Conference semifinals.

"This is a great day for the Warriors and we're very happy to know that Andrew will be our center beyond this season as we continue to progress as a team," general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. "Andrew possesses a wide-ranging skillset that makes him a great fit alongside the other core pieces that we have assembled on our roster. He is still just 28 years old and has established himself as one of the premier centers in the NBA. He is a leader on our team and was a key part of our success during last season's playoff run."

For his career, Bogut averages 12.2 points, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.58 blocks and 32.1 minutes over 440 career regular-season games in eight seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and Warriors.

"I am so happy to get this deal done and want to personally thank Bob Myers and the Warriors owners, Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, for believing in me as a person and my skills on the court," Bogut said in a statement. "I absolutely love living in the Bay Area and playing in front of our incredible fans. I've said all along that this is where I want to be long-term and now I look forward to starting the season and working with my teammates and coaches to continue building on the foundation that we laid last year."

Bogut was drafted No. 1 overall in 2005. His season was in 2009-10, when he earned All-NBA Third Team honors after averaging a career-high 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.54 blocks per game. The Warriors acquired Bogut from Milwaukee, along with Stephen Jackson, in March 2012, for Monta Ellis, Ekpe Udoh and Kwame Brown.
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