Former No. 1 pick Bogut signs with Australian pro team

Bogut says NBA career is over after joining Sydney Kings

We officially welcome @andrewbogut to the Sydney Kings.

He said it was the "world class negotiations" of the Kings that sealed the deal, despite heavy interest from hometown club Melbourne United, the reigning champions. Bogut told media on Tuesday there were "no outs" in his NBL deal and he warned rival clubs he was joining the Andrew Gaze-coached Kings to "win games" and not just "sell tickets". I'm committed to being here for two years.

Andrew Bogut has chose to return home to play professionally for a number of reasons.

A tweet three hours before his first press conference as a Sydney Kings player was a sure sign Andrew Bogut will be anything but tiresome when he makes his NBL debut later this year.

In addition, Bogut's contract includes a 10% share in the Sydney Kings, with the option of purchasing up to 50% of the organisation at the conclusion of his contract. "I want some skin in the game, I want to see how viable this is and see where it's going", he said.

"If it goes as well as I think it will there is no reason why I won't put my own money in as well".

Their roster is shaping up nicely with their two guards - Kevin Lisch and Jerome Randle - who are both former NBL MVPs, to run their backcourt.

This has been something Bogut has been interested in for a long time; having an invested interest in an organisation within the local basketball game. "It was more of a partnership", Bogut said. He also played for the Dallas Mavericks and later Cleveland, where he broke his left leg in his Cavaliers debut.

The championship-winning centre has been all over the National Basketball Association since his debut 13 years ago - playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks, the Cleveland Cavaliers and, most recently, the Los Angeles Lakers.

The veteran Boomers star became the first Australian to be the NBA's overall No 1 draft pick when he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005. However, he did win his first and only championship with the Warriors in 2015.

"They're a title contender straight away", Brisbane Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said.

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