The Golden State Warriors are banking on Andrew Bogut’s future in the Bay Area.
The Warriors and the oft-injured center agreed to a contract extension Friday, a day after the preseason ended. A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press it was for three years and $36 million and could be worth up to $42 million with incentives.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the terms had not been publicly disclosed. Bogut’s contract was set to expire after this season.
The Warriors acquired Bogut in a trade-deadline deal in March 2012 that sent guard Monta Ellis to Milwaukee. He did not play for Golden State that season while recovering from a fractured left ankle.
Bogut, a former University of Utah star, missed 50 of 82 games last season, mostly because of soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. He also battled back and knee injuries while averaging a career-low 5.8 points to go with 7.7 rebounds, but he was at his best in the playoffs, making a difference on defense to help the Warriors get to the second round.
Wizards acquire Gortat from Suns
A person with knowledge of the deal says Washingtonhas agreed to acquire center Marcin Gortat from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for injured center Emeka Okafor and a conditional first-round draft pick in 2014.
Speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the trade has not been announced, the person says Phoenix will send guards Kendall Marshall, Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee to Washington so the deal will work financially. The Wizards are expected to waive those three players.
The 6-foot-11, 240-pound Gortat averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season. Okafor has been sidelined indefinitely by a herniated disk in his neck.
Bucks-Raptors game called off
Officials called off a preseason game between the host Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors because of concerns about the condition of the floor on Friday night.
Officials stopped the game with 5:58 left in the first quarter after several players slipped on the court surface in the first few minutes of the game.
After about 20 minutes’ worth of discussion, an announcement was made over the arena public address system that the game was not being played.
Around the league
Warriors • Golden State waived guard Seth Curry, center Dewayne Dedmon and forward Joe Alexander and exercised the fourth-year contract option on shooting guard Klay Thompson and the third-year contract options on forward Harrison Barnes and center Festus Ezeli for the 2014-15 season, as expected.
Timberwolves • Minnesota waived guards Lorenzo Brown and Othyus Jeffers. Jeffers played in 14 games with the Utah Jazz during the 2009-10 season.
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