Fans will be happy to know that the Warriors are adding a player before the trade deadline, bolstering their lineup for a postseason run.
His name is Andrew Bogut. He'll be on the court Thursday when Golden State hosts the Dallas Mavericks at 7:30 p.m.
OK, so Bogut has been with the Warriors for almost a year, having been acquired from Milwaukee before last year's trade deadline. But his return to the lineup Monday from a lengthy ankle injury likely will have to suffice. According to multiple sources, it is highly unlikely the Warriors will make a move before the Feb. 21 trade deadline. One team source called the chances "remote."
Fortunately for the Warriors, Bogut figures to significantly improve their team for the second half of the season. Judging by the way he played in Monday's win over Toronto, he is going to be a significant addition.
"It makes a huge difference having him there," Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. "He makes things so much easier."
The Warriors have seven games before the All-Star break. The trade deadline comes shortly after. Coach Mark Jackson has sent his list of needs upstairs. Frontcourt help has been at the top of that list for a while. Even with Bogut back, one source said some in the organization wouldn't mind adding to the front line.
The three centers they have now can only be deemed as uncertain. Rookie Festus Ezeli has been up and down. Veteran Andris Biedrins disappears for stretches. And Bogut is on restrictions as he works himself back to 100 percent. He won't play back-to-back games, which rules him out of two contests before the All-Star break. He's capped at 25 minutes of action per game.
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