Andrew Bogut trade rumors heating up
With the NBA trade deadline approaching, the rumor mill is heating up with a slew of teams interested in Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut.
Complicating matters is Bogut's injured foot and ankle that will keep him off the court for the remainder of the regular season. It's possible he could return for the playoffs, but there is certainly no guarantee he will be in good enough condition to contribute.
Bogut is signed with the Bucks through the 2013-2014 season. He will earn $12 million this season, $13 million next season, and $14 million in the final year of his deal.
The Bucks would also love to move frustrated guard Stephen Jackson. Jackson, who is scheduled to earn over $10 million next season, has not played since February 19, and his relationship with Head Coach Scott Skiles is non-existent.
The difficulty in moving Jackson is that, number one: there needs to be an interested party. And, number two: Milwaukee would have to take on an equally bad contract in exchange.
I exchanged text messages with Jackson on February 28 and asked how things were going. He responded by telling me things were getting worse.
One player who will NOT be on the move is point guard Brandon Jennings. Rumors have swirled, but Jennings is signed through 2013, with a qualifying offer for 2014.
Jennings will earn a modest $2.49 million dollar salary this season, $3.18 next season, and a qualifying offer of $4.33 million in 2014. At his age, Jennings' value and production is exactly what teams covet.
The NBA trade deadline is set for March 15.