Andrew Bogut was going into the last year of his contract with the Golden State Warriors this season, but it didn’t take long for his team to change that. According to Adrian Wojnarowski the Aussie big man has signed a 3-year $36M extension with the Warriors.
Bogut has signed three-year deal with a base salary of $36 million, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Incentives can push total deal to $42M-plus.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 25, 2013
If Bogut stays healthy and performs well, the contract could go as high as $42M including incentives.
This came a little bit out of nowhere. Most people probably expected Golden State and Bogut to ride the season out, especially considering his injury history. The price itself — $12M+ a year — isn’t too outrageous for a healthy Bogut, but the injury concern remains.
Besides, going into a contract year, Bogut would have an incentive to perform well in order to earn the extension. Instead, the Warriors have decided to commit the money to their starting center and provide him with financial comfort. Whether the extension will pay off remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that the Warriors will be a very dangerous team if Bogut can avoid injuries.