Bogut scouted for bombshell NBA return
Sydney Kings star Andrew Bogut has been linked with a stunning return to the NBA with a report claiming Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers have registered their interest in the NBL MVP.
The Athletic's Shams Charania first reported on Monday morning (AEDT) that several NBA teams are interested in signing Bogut for the rest of the NBA season - and that the 34-year-old is also interested in returning for one final shot at an NBA title.
The Sixers and Bogut's former championship-winning teammates at the Golden State Warriors reportedly lead the race for the centre's signature.
Charania on Monday told SEN Radio a fairytale team of Simmons, Bogut and Aussie coach Brett Brown could become a possibility in Philly in the next couple weeks.
"I think there is definitely an interest within Andrew Bogut and his inner circle to heading back to the NBA, he had a great season in Australia, but it would behove him not to listen to what NBA opportunities are out there and the fact that there are multiple contending teams expressing interest already, you have to listen," Charania said.
"If there's a potential chance for him to play a role on a contender for the rest of the season, this is something he's going to give great thought and great interest too.
"It's a real possibility over the next week to two weeks where he's going to need to take time to decompress from the season and figure out his next option.
"The Philadelphia 76ers have expressed interest in trying to get a big man and with Embiid coming back from a knee injury, they could use another big man potentially.
"The fact that he has several suitors in the NBA is really a testament to his season and toward the year he's had with the Sydney Kings, but it's a realistic possibility in the next week or two."
Despite the fact that several other teams are interested in Bogut, Charania says it is likely to be a two-horse race between the Warriors and Sixers.
"Obviously the 76ers are hoping for a finals run out of the Eastern Conference and the Warriors are the prohibitive favourite to win another championship, I expect it would come down to those two teams," he said.
"At the end of the day, it'll be Bogut's decision where he ends up."
Bogut remains signed on at the Sydney Kings until the end of the 2019-2020 NBL season, however, reports claim the Kings would not stand in the way of Bogut returning to the NBA.
Fox Sports' Olgun Uluc reported on Monday Bogut's contract does not have an NBA get-out clause with the Kings, but the club would be expected to waive the deal if Bogut requests a release.
Local reports in Philadelphia claim the team would only make a real effort to recruit Bogut if the injury news surrounding All Star centre Joel Embiid and star recruit Boban Marjanovic is worse than first thought.
Philly.com reports Embiid (left knee tendinitis) and Marjanovic (left knee bone bruising) are not expected to be sidelined long term. Embiid is expected back in action next week and Marjanovic's return remains uncertain.