Lakers waive veteran center Andrew Bogut after 24 games

Lakers waive veteran center Andrew Bogut after 24 games

The Los Angeles Lakers waived Andrew Bogut on Saturday, a move that could allow the Australian big man to find a home with a potential National Basketball Association playoff team.

Bogut joined the Lakers on September 19 and played only sparingly for the struggling team.

Bogut will try to land on a playoff team looking for some rim protection and a big who can pass - he did start on the 2015 champion Warriors squad but the game has evolved as Bogut's skills have faded (he missed the playoffs last season in Cleveland with a fractured leg).

Although his playing time was not plentiful, the Lakes liked Bogut's veteran knowledge and the experience he had playing for a championship team.

Walton had recently talked about how Bogut was his best communicator on defense, and how he was a good mentor to younger players in the locker room. "It's hard to call out coverages consistently when you're still learning coverages". "Someone like Andrew Bogut that's been in this league this long and played with every type of team, the really good ones, they recognize things before they happen and they start quarterbacking and anticipating when things are coming".

It's possible to make a case for nearly all the contending sides needing Bogut so it will be an interesting few days as he ponders his opportunities but one exciting possibility would be his former club Golden State Warriors signing him for the remainder of the season. In fact, Bogut had not appeared in the Lakers' previous two games after Brook Lopez returned from injury.

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