There are all manner of professional athletes.
There is the increasingly rare bloke that plays an entire career for one club. That sort is nearly extinct now. Free agency saw to that.
There is the sort who manages to have a long career with multiple clubs, contributing quietly and simply grateful for a job.
There are other sorts of course, but one of our favourites are those who have used free agency to their personal playing and financial enrichment. They show up on rosters often as late season additions for clubs looking for something specific to bolster a team moving into finals.
They are often labelled as “journeyman,” or woman, although we do not recall an instance of anyone using the term “journeywoman.”
Andrew Bogut might be in the category of “journeyman,” or he could be in the group we earlier described of players who have carved out many years of employment without ever achieving star status.
Bogut played for five NBA clubs before joining Sydney Kings in 2018 before rejoining NBA Golden State Warriors for a cameo in the 2019 – 2020 NBA Championship.
Now with Sydney and headed for NBL finals Bogut has got to wake up every morning and think, “What a long, strange trip it’s been, but I am one fortunate man to be playing professional basketball at the age of 35.”
Another player that belongs to the same category of categories as Bogut is veteran Andre Iguodala, who seems to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
Iguodala paid his dues for eight season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He played one season with the Denver Nuggets, the rough equivalent of being in Philadelphia purgatory, only to be banished to Denver hell.
His worth ethic proved rewarding when he found a role as a veteran who was willing to do what was asked for the Golden State Warriors for five seasons that returned three NBA Championships.
Golden State, with the business bottom line clearly in mind, shipped Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, but has not played this season, which prompted Grizzlies shooting guard Dillon Brooks to offer, “Andre Iguodala is a great player. I feel like he’s doing the right thing for his career, but we don’t really care.”
Today is the NBA trade deadline and it would seem as though Memphis are keen to move him.
Iguodala might well find the Los Angeles Lakers willing to bolster their finals lineup with an experienced veteran.