Andrew Bogut tweeted this morning about the possibility of playing in his native Australia during the NBA lockout. The teams courting him play in Australia’s top basketball league, the National Basketball League, a nine-team league founded 1979. While earlier reports indicated that Bogut was close to signing with the NBL’s Perth Wildcats, today’s tweet indicates that he is keeping his options open.
Former NBA player and fellow Aussie Patty Mills signed with the Melbourne Tigers earlier this week. His contract contains a provision that would release him from it at the NBA lockout’s end. Bogut’s deal would certainly contain the same type of option.
In interviews with Australian reporters, Bogut indicated that his primary concern in signing with an NBL squad is the insurance coverage. Some reports out of Australia put the cost at around half a million dollars.
“If the lockout is where it is now, Europe and the NBL are viable options for me. Australia is very appealing because I get more time with my family. But it’s a big step up with the insurance.
”I won’t go asking an NBL club for big money, the main thing is the insurance.”
Bucks fans can take solace in the fact that Bogut has expressed interest in the league, not as a source of income, but rather as a means to get back on the court sooner. It indicates that he has sufficiently rehabilitated his elbow during the offseason.
Bogut may have kept his options open, but there’s still one place where you probably won’t see Andrew go — to the NBL’s defending champions. In 2011, the New Zealand Breakers were the first NBL team outside the land of Oz to win a title. Don’t expect to see Andrew donning a Breakers uni anytime soon.