Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins has described the club’s pursuit of NBA superstar Andrew Bogut as “unrealistic”.
The Wildcats held preliminary discussions with Bogut’s management last week about a playing stint in Australia while the NBA lockout over a pay dispute continues.
But the Wildcats ran into a hurdle when it was revealed the Milwaukee Bucks and Boomers centre’s injury insurance would cost around $500,000 for every three months he played.
Robbins played alongside Bogut with Wildcats teammates Matt Knight and Damian Martin in Australia’s successful junior world championship team in 2003, which was coached by current Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge.
Despite the strong links, Robbins conceded the Wildcats were at long odds to sign Bogut.
“We haven’t really given it too much thought because to me it’s pretty unrealistic,” Robbins told thewest.com.au.
“It’s more just speculation than anything. I’m assuming if it was a real deal we would have had a discussion, but the leadership group hasn’t even been consulted about it.”
Nevertheless, Robbins said he would love to see Bogut follow Boomers point-guard Patty Mills’ lead to play in Australia during the lockout, whether that be with the Wildcats or one of their NBL rivals.
“It’s Andrew Bogut. Who wouldn’t want to play with Andrew Bogut?” Robbins asked.
“Depending on how long he could stay and all that kind of jazz, it’s something you’d have to think about. But again I don’t think it will really concern us.
“He’s certainly an inspiration for many Australian basketballers and if he does end up playing in the NBL… I mean, I hope he does.
“With Patty Mills with Melbourne, that’s just so exciting and any chance where these guys can play in the NBL it’s just going to be great for basketball.”
The Wildcats are also considering a move for former Melbourne centre and Boomers squad member Luke Nevill, who played in their last two pre-season games against the Lakeside All-Stars invitational team.