NBA rumors have been swirling around Kent Bazemore. The Atlanta Hawks’ dream of winning an National Basketball Association Championship faded away when they got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, the Hawks are turning their attentions to their pending free agents. Bazemore is one of those players who will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The 26-year-old small forward wants to be the next Hawks player to receive a big contract offer for his play this season. There will be several teams looking to sign Bazemore. According to FanSided, one of the teams that could come calling will be the Sacramento Kings.
During the 2012 NBA Draft, Kent Bazemore went undrafted. The former Old Dominion Monarchs star didn’t give up on his dream of becoming a player in the National Basketball Association. Bazemore signed a contract with the Golden State Warriors. He played in a total of 105 games with the team. Bazemore was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during his second season with the Warriors. He got to play 23 games with the Lakers and started 15 of those games. Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.3 rebounds.
After his short stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, Kent Bazemore decided to sign a two-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks. During his first season with the Hawks, he was learning under DeMarre Carroll. The former Missouri Tigers star started to established himself as one of the best 3-and-D players in the NBA. That summer, Carroll became a free agent and was rewarded with a big contract for his play. He signed a four-year deal worth $60 million with the Toronto Raptors.
This season, Kent Bazemore was inserted into the starting lineup with DeMarre Carroll leaving the team. Bazemore had to fill some big shoes. He accepted the challenge of guarding the best player on the opposing team. Bazemore also started improving on his three-point shot. He was trying to earn himself the 3-and-D role for the Atlanta Hawks. Bazemore did just that this season. This year, he averaged 11.6 points, 2.3 assists, and 5.1 rebounds.
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac has been looking to add a good shooting guard to his team. Last summer, the Kings added Marco Belinelli in hopes of him being their veteran sharpshooter. Things are not looking to good for Belinelli. There has reportedly been talk of the team looking to trade him.
The Sacramento Kings selected Ben McLemore with the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. They were hoping that he would be their 3-and-D player, but his future with the team is now starting to look cloudy. He has all the tools and skills to be a good player. McLemore hasn’t been able to live up to his potential since joining the National Basketball Association.
There have been rumors that the Sacramento Kings will be making a move to acquire Kent Bazemore this upcoming summer. The Kings have been looking for a 3-and-D player for the past several years. Last summer, they tried to acquire Wesley Matthews, but he ended up signing with the Dallas Mavericks. Bazemore could be the perfect fit for new head coach Dave Joerger. Bazemore doesn’t need to have the ball in his hands or even score to have an impact on the game.
The Sacramento Kings will be looking to add some key free agents to help the team win an NBA Championship. They are currently building a team around superstar DeMarcus Cousin. The Kings have been lacking on the perimeter defense for the past several years. Acquiring a talent like Kent Bazemore could help fix that problem.
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