In his first minute of action with Cleveland, the 12-year veteran suffered a season-ending leg injury. He played for Walton when the Los Angeles head coach was an assistant for the Golden State Warriors. If not, Bogut merely provides depth as well as veteran experience for the Lakers. Aside from Lopez, the Lakers received the 27th pick in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft which they used to select Kyle Kuzma. Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. expect to split time at power forward for the third year in a row, while rookie Kyle Kuzma should be begging for minutes off the bench.
He joins a Lakers roster that swapped center Timofey Mozgov (along with point guard D'Angelo Russell) to the Brooklyn Nets earlier this offseason, bringing back Brook Lopez in return.
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Bogut is known as one of the better defensive big men in the league and is also an exceptional passer. Though she added the Lakers are "obviously. planning on him being a big part of the team", it's notable that such an established, solid center would agree to anything less than a fully-guaranteed contract.
According to NBA.com's David Aldridge, there were at least three other teams that came knocking on Bogut's door: the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Five days later, Bogut signed with the Cavs. Bogut is obviously very familiar with Lakers coach Luke Walton's system, having played for the Golden State Warriors from 2012 to 2016.