Golden State Warriors Exploring Bringing Back Kent Bazemore In Free Agency
Kent Bazemore spent his first year and a half in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors, largely playing only garbage-time minutes. As the Warriors got into the thick of things after All-Star Weekend, though, they needed to acquire a reliable backup point guard. Subsequently, Bazemore and MarShon Brooks were sent to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Steve Blake.
Though the Lakers were a lost cause in that point, they offered Bazemore his first opportunity to see ample NBA action. Unexpectedly, Bazemore became one of the more quiet yet intriguing stories in the league towards the end of the regular season. Playing in 23 of the 28 games the Lakers were in after he was traded, Bazemore put up 13.1 points, 3.1 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 28 minutes per game while shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from three.
Bazemore’s production was a bit surprising, mostly because he was never really given the kind of opportunities in Golden State that he was in L.A. Now that Bazemore has entered unrestricted free agency, though, it seems as if the Warriors might be willing to give the 25-year-old guard another go and possibly give him more chances to succeed.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! reported on Thursday that the Warriors were in contact with Bazemore with the idea being to possibly bring him back to Golden State. No agreement was reached, but the fact that the Warriors are showing interest makes it a return for Bazemore a distinct possibility.
With Blake becoming an unrestricted free agent and Nemanja Nedovic not appearing to be ready to contribute for the Warriors, Golden State is certainly in the market to add another guard on the cheap. Bazemore fits the low-budget part of that, but he’s also valuable to them in that he has a rapport with this roster and has a ton of versatility as a backcourt player, even if he’s a guy who does a lot of things well but nothing greatly.
It’d be a strange turn of fate if Bazemore were to end up back with the Warriors, but it would also almost surely be under completely different circumstances. After seeing the promise the guard showed with the Lakers, Golden State could trust him as a consistent rotation player. Bazemore could garner interest from elsewhere in the league, but there might not be a better mutual fit than with the Warriors.