April 6, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kent Bazemore (6) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (22) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kent Bazemore rumors: Lakers want him back, contacted by Celtics, Hawks, Mavericks & Suns

Although they suffered through a horrible season after losing center Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in free agency and guards Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, finishing with a record of 27-55, the Los Angeles Lakers found a few gems.

Swingmen Jodie Meeks and Nick Young had career years.

As did Kent Bazemore, who was acquired from the Golden State Warriors in a deal that sent point guard Steve Blake to the Warriors. That’s why it came as a bit of a surprise when the Lakers decided not to make Bazemore a restricted free agent.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles reports the Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have contacted Bazemore so far while Boston Celtics’ head coach Brad Stevens personally made a phone call to Bazemore. McMenamin, citing a source, went on to say the Lakers “are on board” with bringing Bazemore back next season. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reported the Suns’ interest.

Bazemore averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game on the season while shooting 42.9% from the field, 33.6% from beyond the arc and 60.5% from the free throw line. He was much better after joining the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting 45.1% from the floor, 37.1% from beyond the arc and 64.4% from the charity stripe.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics Dallas Mavericks Kent Bazemore Los Angeles Lakers NBA Free Agency

  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    If they knew they wanted him back they should’ve made him a rfa! Common Sense.

    • J Taylor

      Not really…
      If they signed him to an RFA contract his $1M amount would count against the cap. The team is holding all of it’s cap space for superstars. And, the RFA salary number is higher than the veteran minimum.
      - Kent is basically a rookie and would play behind Kobe and probably Meeks. Tying up cap space for a guy who won’t see the floor isn’t the best course of action until the team sees where Melo and/or Lebron settle.