Warriors center Andrew Bogut will start second Warriors stint against Pacers

Andrew Bogut is expected to make his season debut with the Warriors on Thursday against the Pacers.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Bogut will return to the Bay Area on Saturday, however, he will not play in the Warriors’ current four-game road trip. Instead, the center plans to join the team Thursday when it hosts Indiana in Oracle Arena, per NBC Sports Bay Area.

“I didn’t think it would make sense for him to fly across the country after flying across the world so he will probably just meet us in the Bay Area when we get back,” Kerr told reporters.

If Bogut does in fact return Thursday, he’ll have 12 regular-season games to get acclimated to the lineup before the postseason begins.

The 34-year-old veteran is preparing to start his second stint with the Warriors after spending a season in Australia’s NBL with the Sydney Kings.

Bogut, selected by the Bucks with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, previously spent four seasons with Golden State and was part of the Warriors’ 2014-15 championship team. He last played in the league with the Lakers during the 2017-18 season.