Bogut's Kings deal momentous for NBL

Murray Wenzel
Andrew Bogut will play in the NBL for the first time in his illustrious career next season

NBL champion Shane Heal has lauded the Sydney Kings' impending recruitment of Andrew Bogut while championship-winning coach Brendan Joyce labelled it the biggest signing in the league's history.

The NBA championship winner has confirmed the move on Twitter, but his contract to join Andrew Gaze-coach club is still to be ticked off by the league.

The Kings tweeted on Monday they had "submitted to NBL head office appropriate paperwork for @andrewbogut for review and processing".

It is likely the deal will be finalised on Tuesday, with Heal and Joyce telling Fox Sports the signing was a coup for the NBL.

"Everyone thought they (the Kings) were asleep and then bang," Heal said.

"There's no doubt he can still play in the NBA ... Bogut will be the glue; he'll dominate this league not just statistically but in a way where he'll make his team better.

"This is an endorsement for where NBL's at, at the moment."

Joyce believes the 33-year-old Bogut will make a massive impact on the NBL.

"(He's) one of the most intelligent big men I've ever been around," he said.

"We talk about talent and we talk about (basketball) IQ and he's off the charts in that area.

"Bogut will be able to score but I rate him one of our greatest passers, up there with (Luc) Longley as a big man and that's a big reason why Golden State wanted him.

"I'm sure there's going to be plenty of NBA teams wanting him so this is an unbelievable signing for the Kings, which benefits the NBL."

Last month, Bogut announced he wouldn't return to the NBA for the remainder of the 2017-18 season because he wanted to stay in Australia with his pregnant wife.

Bogut said on Fox Footy's On the Mark program last week he wanted to help to spark more interest in Australian basketball.

"I think to come back and maybe play a season or two would be the icing on the cake for my career," he said.

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.

After seven seasons with the Bucks, he was traded to Golden State where he won a championship with the Stephen Curry-led Warriors in 2015.

The 2.13m Melbourne-born Bogut was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks the following year and after one season moved to Cleveland, where he broke his left leg 56 seconds into his Cavaliers debut.

Late last year, Bogut signed with the Los Angeles Lakers but was waived by the club in January this year.

His signature is just what the Kings need after finishing seventh last season in the eight-team NBL.

"They will have spent a fortune on this team that's been assembled," Heal said.

"Money talks and they're at a stage where they're desperate to bring a title back to Sydney."