Keith Bogans wasn’t asked to do a lot by the Brooklyn Nets last year except to come off the bench, play defense, and hit the occasional three. He certainly wasn’t phenomenal at his job or anything, but he was solid and for that he was paid slightly more than $1.2 million.
Bogans was eventually part of the Nets trade with the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Not because the rebuilding Celtics thought they needed a perimeter shooter or a solid defender. Instead Bogans was included because the two teams needed a player with a mid-level salary and an expiring contract so that the teams could work out a deal that fit within the salary cap.
So as part of a sign-and-trade with the Celtics, the Nets gave Bogans a three-year deal with the first year guaranteed at $5,058,198 in 2013-14.
The most Bogans ever earned in his 10 year NBA career was $2.57 million during the 2008-09 season with the Bucks and overall he has earned just $14.1 million throughout his career. Now, not because he’s earned it but because of the NBA salary cap rules, the kids at the Bogans’ house will be eating a little bit better this year.
After this season the Celtics can release Bogans without suffering a penalty or owing him another dime. However, it is precisely the reason why he was included in this Nets/Celtics deal that could get him included in another trade. If that’s the case then we could see the acquiring team pick up one of his two options and pay him $5 million again next season. That last lockout certainly has gone well for him.
Bogans, 33, scored 8.0 points, had 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per 36 minutes while shooting 38 percent while mostly coming off the bench for the Nets last season. He started in 23 games.