Patty Mills left his Australian team this week for the promise of greater fortunes in China. Now his former team, the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL), are turning their eyes to the only Aussie with greater star power: Andrew Bogut.
According to Grantley Bernard of the Herald Sun, the Tigers plan to leave their options open, even if that entails reaching for a long shot.
“We’ll start with Bogut,” Tigers majority owner Seamus McPeake said.
“We will research every Australian player and that includes Bogut. We’re keen to get the best possible player and we probably need someone like Bogut to fill the hole we have.”
Given the insurance hassles that Bogut encountered in his first attempt at signing with an NBL team, it seems doubtful that this amounts to much of anything. In fact, Bogut himself (after tweeting about Mills’ departure) downplayed the idea on Twitter:
What are we to make of all this stuff? My guess is that IF you see Bogut in a uniform at any point during this lockout, it will be in a Tigers jersey. Just don’t expect it to happen, though, okay?