Andrew Bogut agrees to 1-year deal with Lakers

first_imgThe Warriors traded Bogut to Dallas last summer to help clear enough cap space to sign Kevin Durant. He appeared in 26 games for the Mavericks before being traded to Philadelphia as part of a deal for Nerlens Noel. He negotiated a buyout with the 76ers that allowed him to pursue a deal with a contending team.The Lakers finished 26-56 last season, but are likely to improve after drafting former UCLA star Lonzo Ball No. 2 overall and adding players such as Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Lakers made a surprising addition to their roster on Monday, agreeing to a one-year veteran minimum deal with defensive stalwart Andrew Bogut.The Lakers add a key player for the 2015 champion Golden State Warriors to a front line that already includes former All-Star center Brook Lopez and 20-year-old Croatian Ivica Zubac.Bogut last appeared in a game for Cleveland in February. His stint there ended 58 seconds into his debut after he collided with the Miami Heat’s Okaro White and suffered a fractured left tibia. He missed the rest of the season, but he was reportedly medically cleared last weekend after he spent the summer rehabbing in his native Australia.Bogut, 32, was the No. 1 overall pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005, and has averaged 10 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots in 11 seasons with Milwaukee, Golden State, Dallas and Cleveland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers are among the league’s youngest teams. Bogut becomes one of the few veterans, joining Lopez, Corey Brewer and Luol Deng.Bogut previously played for Lakers coach Luke Walton when he was a Warriors assistant coach and, for 43 games, interim head coach from 2014-16.A more reliable rim protector than Lopez — who is known for his scoring — Bogut also fielded interest from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and Cavaliers, according to a report retweeted by his agent, David Bauman. The deal is for a nonguaranteed $2.3 million, Bauman confirmed on Twitter.Bogut also gives the Lakers insurance against the health of Lopez. Lopez, 29, has been remarkably durable in recent years, appearing in at least 72 games four out of the past five seasons. However, he has dealt with back issues this summer that could cause him to miss part of the preseason.The Lakers are high on Zubac, their 2016 second-round draft pick, but he is short on experience, averaging just 16 minutes per game in 38 appearances last season as a rookie.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Former PM Deve Gowda pays tribute to Basaveshwara in London

first_imgBy H S RaoLondon, Oct 27 (PTI) Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda paid tribute to Basaveshwara at an event here, saying the 12th century Kannada social reformer fought for eradication of caste discrimination which still prevails in India. The event on Friday was organised by the Basaveshwara Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in the UK that has erected a statue of Basaveshwara on the bank of river the Thames. Former mayor of the London borough of Lambeth and Chairman of the foundation Neeraj Patil welcomed the former prime minister along with MP Kupendra Reddy on behalf of the Indian-origin and Kannada communities. Members of the two important Kannada diaspora organisations – Kannadigaru UK & Sandalwood UK, joined Gowda on the occasion. “Basaveshwara fought for eradication of caste discrimination and social justice in Indian society and unfortunately India still remains divided along caste and religious lines and this must end, there is no place for discrimination in the modern world,” said the former premier.Gowda paid tribute to Basaveshwara for his contribution towards democracy and social justice in India. He said “I am extremely delighted to see the statue of an Indian philosopher in the backdrop of the British parliament overlooking the river Thames. This makes every Indian and Kannadiga proud”. The project was approved by the planning department of the London borough of Lambeth and subsequently by the British Cabinet minister for culture media and sports as per the Public Statues Act, 1854. The Basaveshwara statue and its vicinity is the intellectual property of the Basaveshwara Foundation.advertisementThe Basaveshwara statue erected at the Albert Embankment is not only the first statue to be unveiled by an Indian prime minister in the UK, but is also the first conceptual statue approved by the British Cabinet in the vicinity of Parliament. It is located at Albert Embankment in London opposite the British Parliament.The approval was given as a mark of respect to Basaveshwara for promoting democratic ideals, social justice and gender equality during the 12th century. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had unveiled the statue in 2015. PTI HSR KUNKUNlast_img read more