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Andrew Bogut expects to have clarity on when and where he will receive his work visa on Monday so he can begin playing with the Warriors, a league source told Bay Area News Group.
Before the Warriors’ 122-105 win over the Denver Nuggets on Friday at Oracle Arena, Warriors coach Steve Kerr referred to Bogut’s itinerary as a “little bit tricky” and mentioned that Bogut will likely need to fly to Vancouver to receive his work visa. But Bogut has still kept all options open.
He is holding out hope that he can receive a work visa at a U.S. consulate in Sydney, Australia to save him a trip to Vancouver. If not, Bogut plans to fly to Oakland on a work visa to touch base with the Warriors before quickly flying to Vancouver to retrieve a work visa.
The Warriors are not fretting the exact timing of his return given his familiarity with the organization after playing for them through four seasons (2012-2016).
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“He knows our style and it will take him about five minutes to pick up the offense. We know he’s in a good shape,” said Kerr, referring to Bogut’s stint with the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League. “He played 30 minutes a night in Australia, he’s feeling great and he played at a high level. If he can help us win a game, then he’ll be out there right away.”
It sounds like Bogut will not be out there right away, though. Bogut is not expected to have the same role he had in his previous stint with the Warriors. Then, Bogut averaged 6.25 points and 8.2 rebounds in 23.82 minutes per game primarily as a starter. This time, Bogut is expected to play marginal minutes behind DeMarcus Cousins in hopes to bolster the team’s defense, particularly against true centers.
“We talked about the fact that there are no guarantees of anything,” Kerr said. “He’s not coming in to enter the rotation right away. There is going to be a feeling out process for both sides. But I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in.”
It appears likely Bogut will return when the Warriors play in Oklahoma City next Saturday, but his return date remains open ended. Kerr joked, “I certainly hope he comes and says hello with a little wave.” Even that appears uncertain.
“He’s busy getting his life in order,” Kerr said of Bogut, who plans to rent a place in the Bay Area with his family. “It’s a lot of work to move a family over even if it’s just a few months. He’s got a lot going on.”
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