Former NBA champion Andrew Bogut is heading home.
After spending 13 years in the NBA, the first pick of the 2005 Draft is signing for NBL side Sydney Kings.
The 33-year-old Melbourne native joins the Kings from the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent just one season. Bogut though struggled with injuries and only played 24 games, starting in five of them. He averaged 1.9 points a game in limited minutes.
BREAKING: Press Release with details-10am Monday EST Australia 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/CazCR2BaD2
— Sydney Kings (@SydneyKings) April 22, 2018
It’s a far cry from his time in Milwaukee, when the Aussie averaged career-high numbers and was seen as one of the main contributors on the young Bucks team.
Eight years later and Bogut heads home with an aim to reinvent his career. He had hinted at returns to Australia on social media.
Are there any roster spots left for the upcoming @NBL season? Asking for a friend……?
— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) April 22, 2018
“He will be the face of the NBL, not just the Sydney Kings,” wrote Hayley Wildes on Australian basketball outlet Pick and Roll.
“He is Australian sporting royalty and a household name – a signing of this magnitude is just another example of how far the NBL has come in recent years.”