The Los Angeles Lakers have as many free agents as anyone (with the exception of the Miami Heat).
Only guard Kobe Bryant, point guard Steve Nash and big man Robert Sacre are all under contract while the rest of the team are either restricted or unrestricted free agents.
The Lakers have already lost Jodie Meeks (well, they won’t officially lose him until July 11) to the Detroit Pistons – he agreed to a three-year, $19.5 mllion deal on Tuesday.
It looks like the Lakers may lost guard Kent Bazemore next. Bazemore was a relative unknown with the Golden State Warriors in his first year-and-a-half in the league, but after he was dealt to the Lakers in exchange for point guard Steve Blake, his career really started to take off and teams have taken notice.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, you can add the Philadelphia 76ers to the list of team pursuing Bazemore that already includes the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz as well as the Lakers.
The Sixers have expressed interest in Kent Bazemore, according to sources. ATL, SAS, PHX, BOS, DAL, LAL and UTA also interested.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 3, 2014
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.