OAKLAND – The question was posed to Andrew Bogut, who saw it coming and caught it as cleanly as a perfect lob pass from Stephen Curry.
I asked the Warriors center for his reaction to recent stories about the team sniffing around for additional big men, and Bogut flushed the query through the net in a way that would make the franchise proud.
"I'm not at the position in my career where I'm going to get offended by it, or dictate or want this or want that," Bogut said after practice Thursday. "It’s the way it is. If someone can come and make our team better, whether it's the 15th spot or the first spot, let's do it – as long as it doesn't mean I'm getting traded."
Sounds like a team player. Sounds like someone who doesn't want to leave.
The most recent big man to draw at least a modicum of interest from the Warriors was JaVale McGee, the athletic 7-footer who became a free agent Sunday. The Warriors, according to league sources, discussed McGee internally but did not reach a consensus.
McGee on Thursday morning reportedly was close to signing with the Boston Celtics before those negotiations stalled Thursday afternoon.
A league source said the chance that McGee would sign with the Warriors was improbable but not impossible.
"He has some other options that might be better suited to what he wants right now," he said, implying that McGee was concerned about playing time, which would not be promised by the Warriors.
The Warriors are willing to explore McGee mostly as insurance behind Bogut and backup center Festus Ezeli, both of whom tend to incur injury.
If all goes according to the team's desires, and Bogut and Ezeli stay healthy, there would be no need to add another big man to the roster.
The Warriors earlier this season pondered bringing Jermaine O'Neal back for a second season in Oakland, before he decided he would sit out the season.
"It is what it is," Bogut said of the possibility of adding another center. "As long as it's going to make us better, I really don't care."