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I’m here for more than money, according to Bogut

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Australia basketball superstar Andrew Bogut says he’s signed with the Sydney Kings for more than just money.

Bogut fronted a packed press conference at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Wednesday morning, in what was his first public appearance as a Kings player.

The decorated Australian returns to play in the NBL after 13 years in the NBA, playing with five teams including the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking on Drive with Mark Allen and David Schwarz, the 33-year-old said “having skin in the game” made the Kings offer all the more enticing.

“We managed to get a deal done with all the boxes (such as buying a stake in the club) being ticked off,” Bogut said.

“I’ll be getting board reports and financials like any other owner and get to see whether the numbers are what they say they are.

“I have that option down the track to buy a bigger stake in the club.”

Bogut confirmed he kept “an open dialogue” with the NBL officials before officially announcing his move to the Sydney Kings on Sunday night.

“It got more and more serious in the last couple of weeks,” he said.

“Melbourne United were the front runners and wanted to get something done but it didn’t eventuate.

“I’ve had a relationship Kings General Manager (Jeff Van Groningen) since I played in Milwaukee and he called and made an offer.

“Since last Thursday, we had a deal in principle within hours and worked Thursday, Friday Saturday, Sunday and yesterday to get it done and signed off.”

Click PLAY below to listen to Bogut’s full chat with Marko and The Ox