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Andrew Bogut has agreed to a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers, freeing him to evaluate his next move, league sources told The Vertical.
Bogut has narrowed his next destination to Cleveland, Houston, San Antonio or Boston, and will have conversations over the next 24 hours with general managers and coaches from those teams, league sources said.
All four teams expect to make deep playoff runs, but Houston and Boston could offer more than the minimum salary.
Bogut’s agent, David Bauman, had worked with the 76ers’ front office on a plan for release since the team acquired the center Thursday in a trade with the Dallas Mavericks.
Bogut had a phone conversation with 76ers coach Brett Brown and expressed respect for Brown and the team’s culture, league sources said. Nevertheless, Bogut maintained a strong desire to enter free agency and pursue a role on a championship contender.
In 26 games for Dallas, Bogut averaged three points and 8.3 rebounds. The Mavericks acquired Bogut in July when the Golden State Warriors needed to clear salary to sign Kevin Durant. Bogut has dealt with injuries this season, but reported early to the Mavericks after the All-Star break to show his full health and remains a well-regarded defender and rim protector.
Bogut spent five years with the Warriors before joining the Mavericks. He served as Golden State’s starting center and defensive anchor during the 2015 championship season.
Bogut has averaged 10 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 12 seasons.
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