How the NBL can get Andrew Bogut
TOWERING Boomer Andrew Bogut has given the first indication he could play in the NBL as soon as next season, saying it's up to the burgeoning league to give him an offer he can't refuse.
The big man says while he is still focused on a return to the NBA but left the door open for the Australian league.
"I've always said there's a possibility I could play in the NBL, I think the ball's in their court to put something forward," Bogut said.
"Next season, who knows? I'd like to go back to the NBA for a year, but I think there's definitely an opportunity to play in Australia one day.
"I think the league's starting to get its priorities in order and starting to become a league that can maybe put a deal together to get a guy like me, or down the track, a Joe Ingles or a Delly (Matthew Dellavedova) five-six years down the track, to come back here and play.
"They put something forward that could cure the itch, you never know what could happen.
The 33-year-old would have no shortage of suitors in the NBL.
While star-studded Melbourne United has just won the NBL championship, a move for Bogut would only fortify the club's hopes of a title defence.
Bogut supported the struggling Sydney Kings as a youngster and the club has already sounded him out. He would become the centrepiece of a rebuild under Australian basketball legend Andrew Gaze, especially with the departure of NBL Rookie of the Year Isaac Humphries.
And, with expansion on the cards in 2019, Essendon's AFL club is considering entering the NBL fold.
Bogut is a mad Bomber and, while he'll never don the sash on the footy field, wearing it on court could be the next best thing - and Essendon knows it.
"I caught up with (Essendon CEO) Xavier Campbell a few months ago in LA and he brought it up to me just in passing that they've got an opportunity they were looking at," Bogut said.
"He said 'would you consider listening to a proposal down the track'. If the opportunity's right I'm all on board."
After being cut by the Lakers in January, Bogut had hoped to tack on with a contending team, but chose to return to Melbourne after the death of his grandfather Mile Bogut and stayed to support wife Jessica O'Sullivan during her pregnancy, which was deemed "high risk".
"A lot of it (where he plays) will be dependant on how the wife's doing," he said.
"There's still that chance that she could be in hospital for a while post birth and I don't think I'm that type of bloke that can go to the states by myself and leave two young kids here by themselves."