Mar 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kent Bazemore (6) drives to the basket against Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook (0) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kent Bazemore hopes to stay with Los Angeles Lakers


At the trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers sent point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a pair of guards, Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.

Bazemore has been a surprising acquisition for the struggling Lakers, averaging 14.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 29.6 minutes per game in 10 games with the Lakers.

Bazemore considers playing in Los Angeles a dream come true and wants to stay in Los Angeles and play with Kobe Bryant.

“Shoot, that would be a dream come true, and with the track record he has, the body of work he has, I would be all ears,” Bazemore told Jeff Caplan of NBA.com. “For a guy who’s been through everything he’s been through, playing half of his life in this league, winning multiple championships, why not listen? If I got to go against him every day, I know I’m not cheating myself, so I would look forward to it. In all honesty, I don’t think he’s that tough to play with. If he demands a lot, he just wants to be great. You can’t really knock that.”

Bazemore and the Lakers will return to the court Thursday night when they take on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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