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Sixers considering yet another Australian player; linked to center Andrew Bogut

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NBL Semi Final - Sydney v Melbourne: Game 2 Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

The Sixers could be in the market for some more depth at the center position. Following a wave of injuries to their big rotation, the team is reportedly considering former 76er Andrew Bogut. While he never suited up for the red, white, and blue he was officially a member of the team following the trade that sent Nerlens Noel to Dallas, and Justin Anderson to Philly before being bought out.

Bogut hasn’t played in the NBA much recently, appearing in just 77 games since the start of 2016. He appeared in 23 games for the Lakers in 2018. He claimed he was retired from the league and signed a two-year contract with the Sydney Kings last spring. In 2019 he won the NBL MVP Award for the 2018-2019 season with averages of 11.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists.

Because of Joel Embiid’s left knee tendinitis and Boban Marjanović’s right knee sprain, both of those players have been out of the lineup. The Sixers have relied upon rookie Jonah Bolden, Amir Johnson, and some small ball lineups.

Bogut has also been linked to the Golden State Warriors. As if they need more help. He would fit in nicely there in a reserve role if healthy, as he won a championship with the group in 2015.

(I wonder if a team has ever had 3 Australians before. Ben Simmons and Jonah Bolden are from Oz as well, and head Coach Brett Brown coached in Australia for a number of years himself).