ANDREW Bogut can see the writing on the wall in Dallas.
The Mavericks centre, moved to a bench role on one of the NBA’s worst teams, doesn’t expect to be in Texas past the end of the season. And he could be out the door sooner than that.
Speaking to Sky Sports Radio after Mavs coach Rick Carlisle agreed to his request to start on the pine in the best interests of a team starting another seven-footer — veteran star Dirk Nowitzki — at power forward, Bogut believes his time in Dallas won’t last the year.
Outside of the time he lost his starting role during the NBA Finals with Golden State because of match-up issues, this is the first time Bogut has been a substitute in his pro career — and he knows it doesn’t bode well for his future with the Mavs.
“It hasn’t happened since juniors,” Bogut said. “Thankfully I’m a free agent here so I only have a couple of months more here and then will most likely move on. I don’t see myself hanging around with everything that’s gone on. It will be an interesting six months ahead.”
Asked if he expected to be moved before the February 23 trade deadline, Bogut said: “You never know.”
In the final season of a three-year $36 million deal he signed with Golden State in 2014, Bogut has added value as a trade asset.
He could appeal to a team looking to immediately waive him to create salary cap space for other signings, which would then allow him to target a team of his choosing.
“I’ve got a valuable contract … having four months left on my contract I’m a valuable commodity to be moved,” he said.
But the 32-year-old also brings proven quality as a big man who can rebound and protect the rim, valuable traits for any contender needing help in those areas.
Bogut was commended by Nowitzki and Carlisle for his offer to give up a starting role in the interest of the team.
“That’s a veteran move,” Nowitzki told reporters. “That’s a guy who has obviously been around and won a championship. “Everybody has got to sacrifice a little.
“I still think that when I’m completely healthy and on my normal minutes that somehow we got to play together.”
“I don’t like this,” added Carlisle, after the Mavs defeated Washington 113-105 in the first game after the move. “He shouldn’t be coming off the bench. But, the fact that he’s not only willing, but basically offered to, tells you a lot about his character.
“He wants to win. And he’s a proud guy. He deserves to start. They both do. But we haven’t been able to make it work real well. So this is where we were.”
Giving up starter’s minutes in a contract year isn’t ideal, but the veteran Aussie appears confident teams around the league know what he brings to the table as he eyes one final big money deal.
“There’s a lot more cash floating around in the off-season,” Bogut said. “Teams are going to start trying to free up some cap space to go after certain guys. The silly season will be absolutely nuts going into the trade deadline.
“I don’t really read too much online. I have a direct contact with the people managing me and see what they have to say about it.”
TAB MARKET — BOGUT’S NEXT TEAM
$12 — Any European club
$16 — Boston, Chicago, Houston, Milwaukee, Sacramento, Utah, Washington
$17 — Charlotte, Denver, Golden State, New Orleans
$21 — Brooklyn, Miami, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland
The Boomers star is also hopeful national team small forward Joe Ingles will be rewarded as he too enters free agency. Ingles is enjoying his best season with the Utah Jazz, leading the league in three-point shooting percentage while averaging 20 minutes a game.
“He’s transitioning into a really good role player in the league,” Bogut wrote in a column for sportingnews.com. “Utah’s had some injuries and he’s stepped in and played a key role, knocking down open threes for them — defending the best wings. He’s doing a hell of a job for them.
“It’s great to see a guy like that go through the journey that he went through to get a roster spot. Hopefully in free agency this off-season someone gives him some money.”
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