According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Golden State Warriors and center Andrew Bogut have agreed to a three-year contract extension.
The deal is worth $36 million and according to Wojnarowski’s sources, it includes “reachable incentives” that could push the deal over $42 million.
If Bogut is going to get the most out of his contract, he must “stay on floor” and “perform like a top five-to-seven center in NBA.”
Performance isn’t the problem for Bogut, staying on the floor is. He’s played in just 44 games over the last two seasons.
Bogut, a former Utah Ute, was the top overall pick of the 2005 draft. He spent the first six years of his career with the team that drafted him, the Milwaukee Bucks. In his seventh season, he was dealt to the Golden State Warriors in a deal involving current Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis.
Over his career, Bogut, 28, has averaged 12.2 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
The Warriors pursued current Houston Rockets’ center Dwight Howard in the offseason, but were unsuccessful and instead used their cap space on former Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala. With Howard out of the fold, the Warriors won’t be able to find a better option at center than Bogut.
Last year, the Warriors locked up guard Stephen Curry with a four-year, $44 million deal.
The Warriors will open the regular season Wednesday night when they host the Los Angeles Lakers.