Mavs Media Day on Monday provided time for Andrew Bogut to talk about the Dallas trade situation, upcoming minutes, and watching the Warriors this season.
It was a different type of Media Day for Andrew Bogut as the big man has spent the past four seasons in Golden State. Now, after an eventful summer in the Rio Olympics, Bogut comes into Dallas as motivated as ever.
When Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors, both Barnes and Andrew Bogut became expendable. Needing to unload the contract of Bogut, the Warriors looked elsewhere to find a team willing to help them clear space to bring in Durant.
With reports coming out about them giving Bogut a choice between Dallas and Houston, Bogut acknowledged a choice given to him, but wouldn’t name Houston as the team.
This is a good sign for Mavs fans as Bogut publicly acknowledged that he CHOSE to come to Dallas. As he answered my question about the “other team”, Bogut said he told the Warriors that if they did the trade with the other team, he would simply ask for a buyout.
When he was asked a follow-up question by another reporter about why not Houston (as previously reported), Bogut strategically said he never mentioned Houston as them being that other team.
Bogut went on to say he likes the state of Texas where he was prompted with a follow-up statement stating Houston is in Texas.
Bogut responded with “Well I like Dallas better.”
The topic of his minutes increasing came to light as Bogut logged just over 20 minutes a night in Golden State. In Dallas, Bogut will be asked to log more minutes on a nightly basis as this Dallas team doesn’t have the same flexibility as Golden State last season.
Bogut acknowledged that his minutes will probably increase, but that winning is the only thing that matters. He specifically mentioned how he is completely supportive of whoever is behind him and that he will be the first to cheer them on if they are doing good.
As the scheduled interview went on, the topic of the new-look Warriors came up as he talked about his Finals injury and the Kevin Durant addition.
When talking about how the Warriors will turn out this season, Bogut said he “was not very interested” in how they turn out.
Bogut introduced the comical and witty side of himself to the Dallas media on Monday in what looks to be a fun season to come in Dallas.