Curry excited by possible Bogut NBA return


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“Obviously I know they’ve got a few more steps before it’s official but he’s a guy that we have a lot of experience with.

“He knows our system.

“He knows how we do things around here.

“He was instrumental in that turnaround to become a championship-calibre team.”

The Warriors, favourites to win their fourth title in five years, are waiting for Bogut’s NBL team, the Sydney Kings, to sign off on his return to the NBA.

Departing Kings coach Andrew Gaze said the club has a philosophy of not blocking players if they have a chance to play in the NBA.

Bogut won his only NBA title with the Warriors in 2015.

The team offloaded the Australian to the Dallas Mavericks in 2016 to clear salary cap space to sign All-Star Kevin Durant.

Curry said while he knew NBA teams would be keen to sign Bogut he did not think the 34-year-old would be interested in leaving Australia.

“When his name came up I thought it was one-sided,” Curry said.

“Like ‘we’re familiar with him, we like him, let’s call him to see if he’s interested’.

“I didn’t get the mutual vibe and now it’s about to happen so it’s pretty cool.”

The Warriors’ core from 2015 – Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston – remain, but Bogut will likely come off the bench with the addition of All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins and Durant.

Curry said Bogut will bring toughness, a high IQ, rim protection and a dry sense of humour to the Warriors.

“There’s a whole bunch of one liners,” Curry, describing Bogut’s personality, said.

“I’d call him cynical but it’s real entertaining.”

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