Teammates appreciated his sarcastic wit and selfless mindset. When head coach Steve Kerr leaned on a small lineup in the 2015 NBA Finals, Bogut graciously accepted a reduced role. A year later, facing Cleveland again in the Finals, he blocked five shots in 15 minutes as the Warriors cruised to a Game 2 win.

To create cap space to sign Durant in July, the Warriors traded Bogut — and his $11 million salary — to Dallas. The Mavericks reached a verbal agreement around that same time to sign Barnes to a four-year, free-agent $94 million maximum deal.

An inconsistent player in Oakland, Barnes eclipsed the 30-point mark in two of his first six games with Dallas. “If this is what the Mavericks are going to get,” Dallas beat writer Eddie Sefko wrote in a live chat on SportsDayDFW.com on Monday, “it’s going to be the steal of free agency, save for perhaps Kevin Durant.”

Bogut has kept his focus on clogging the paint. Through Monday, he was averaging 11.4 rebounds per game, 9.4 of which had been defensive. Golden State is left stressing patience as it navigates life without a rim protector in its rotation.

“When Bogut’s behind you at the rim, you can always depend and know that he’s there for a block,” forward Draymond Green said. “Zaza’s able to get there and protect the way that he protects. It’s different. It’s something we have to adjust to and something that we’ll continue to get better at.”

Hours after Jackson’s “overrated” comments during the Warriors’ 112-94 defeat of Cleveland, Bogut fired back at his former coach on Twitter: “Really RATED that win! #goDubs.”

Kerr hardly shares Jackson’s view.

“I think he’s highly underrated,” Kerr said last season of Bogut. “He’s one of the top centers in the league.”

Photo: Yi-Chin Lee, Houston Chronicle