Although they suffered through a 27-55 season, the sixth-worst mark in the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers had several big surprises last season.
A few of their swingmen, including Nick Young, who had the best season of his career and Jodie Meeks have drawn a lot of interest since hitting the open market as unrestricted free agents Tuesday. In fact, Meeks already agreed to a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Detroit Pistons.
Perhaps the most surprising of all of their players was Kent Bazemore, who was acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the Steve Blake trade.
The Lakers would love to re-sign Bazemore and the San Antonio Spurs are of many teams, including the Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz, that would like to acquire Bazemore. The Jazz were reportedly closing in on a deal with Bazemore, but that apparently not the case. The Warriors have also expressed interest in bringing Bazemore back.
According to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders, the Rockets are also interested.
The Houston Rockets have expressed interest in Kent Bazemore, according to sources close to the situation.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) July 5, 2014
The Rockets are trying to land the likes of Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony but if that isn’t possible, filling out the roster with players like Bazemore is a good alternative.
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.