When LeBron James signed his contract with the Miami Heat in 2010, the Los Angeles Lakers knew there was a chance he (and other big name talents) would be entering free agency this offseason. Given that, the team decided to construct their payroll to give them a mass amount of cap space to make a play for an All-Star talent come 2014.
They’ve made their attempts to sign such as they have spoken to both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. However, in preparation to offer a big contract, the Lakers had to make some tough decisions like the renouncing of their rights to Kent Bazemore.
The veteran shined in a handful of games with the Lakers last season and was a restricted free agent, however to remove his cap hold he was renounced. That has allowed a handful of teams to show interest in signing the guard, including the Lakers who don’t want to lose him in free agency.
Sources: Los Angeles Lakers called Kent Bazemore again on Wednesday to reiterate that the team would like to re-sign him.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 10, 2014
It’s likely that Bazemore is waiting to see what the Los Angeles Lakers do in free agency as he’ll want to know how much money they can offer him and what type of playing time he’ll be receiving. The last thing he wants to do is get stuck behind Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony per say, though with rumors of Anthony potentially re-signing with the New York Knicks, Bazemore might be more open to a Hollywood return.
Of course, the Los Angeles Lakers are just one of many teams hoping to land the promising 25-year-old talent, so they’re going to have their work cut out for them.