A quality big man in the NBA is hard to find. That is why if there's an opportunity to grab one, NBA teams aren't going to shy away from trying to take it for themselves. The recent transactions that are being talked about right now among basketball fans revolve around two centers.
Warriors and Bogut Reach Extension Agreement
Andrew Bogut as a key reason to the success of the Golden State Warriors during the last playoffs. Despite bowing out against the Spurs in the second round, the Warriors was able to play competitively thanks in part to the return of Australian center Bogut.
Bogut was an anchor on the defense as he did a good job on securing the paint. He rebounded well, boxed out against opposing big men and secured rebounds. He wasn't a slouch on offense either as he scored on strong assists, put-backs, and also providing some more scoring opportunities for the team with offensive rebound.
That is why it is only natural for the Warriors to try and secure his services. However, there is a risk in signing Bogut, and the Warriors management was aware of this. The negotiations for the contract took quite a while as the team's management tried to figure out how much money they should give the talented yet oft-injured center.
The negotiation was a very talked-about issue among Warriors fans who know just how important Bogut's contribution to the team is. It is safe to say that plenty were worried about the possibility that Bogut might not sign an extension with the team.
However, all those worries can be put to rest as reports have surfaced that Bogut and the Warriors have reached an agreement for the contract extension. The said extension will is for three seasons and worth $36 million with incentives that increase it to $42 million.
Wizards Trade for Gortat
The Washington Wizards have also done a fine work with securing a reliable center as they traded currently-injured Emeka Okafor for the Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat, one of the better centers in the league when it comes to protecting the paint. Aside from Gortat, the Wizards also acquire three other Suns players who are expected to get waived for a top-12 protected 2014 first-round pick.
As a result, the Wizards get a reliable center while the Suns get another piece they can use as they build for the future.
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