Boguts signs extension with the Warriors

Boguts signs extension with the Warriors

Australian Boomers centre Andrew Bogut has shored up his NBA future, signing a three season extension with the Golden State Warriors, taking the 2008 Beijing Olympian through to the end of the 2016/17 season.

Entering the last season of his existing contract, the Warriors wasted little time securing the signature of the 28-year-old who joined the team in March of last year from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bogut has enjoyed a largely injury free pre-season for the Warriors, providing a strong defensive and rebounding presence for a Golden State team many experts are expecting could challenge for this season’s NBA Championship.

It has been a difficult period for Bogut since seriously injuring his right elbow, hand and wrist at the end of the 2009/10 season at Milwaukee. A serious ankle injury suffered dogged his past two seasons, but a full off-season of recovery and a full pre-season has the centre returning to the type of condition that saw him earn All-NBA Third Team honours in 2010.

This run of injuries has impacted on Bogut’s ability to suit up for the Australian Boomers, with the 2008 Beijing Olympics the last time the Melbourne-native has played in the green and gold.

The Warriors open their NBA season against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday (AEDT).