A majority of the Lakers’ players from last season are now free agents which means Los Angeles must act quickly if they want to re-sign any of them.
One former Laker has already decided to move on. Jodie Meeks signed a three year contract with the Detroit Pistons. Meeks made major contributions on an injury laden Lakers team last season.
Another player who really stepped up for the Lakers was Kent Bazemore. After spending 44 games with the Golden State Warriors last season, Bazemore was traded to Los Angeles. While with the Warriors, Bazemore averaged 2.3 points and less than one rebound per game in just six minutes off the bench.
However, Bazemore saw an increased role with the Lakers playing 28 minutes per game where he averaged 13.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in each contest. He played in 23 games for Los Angeles, starting 15 of them.
Now entering his third year in the NBA, the shooting guard from Old Dominion has a number of suitors lining up to sign him. The list includes the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, and Utah Jazz. Yet, none of these teams were able to reach the playoffs last season. However, one team interested in Bazemore did more than just make playoffs. They won the championship.
The San Antonio Spurs have taken a liking to the North Carolina native and want to bring him to Texas. The young player’s numbers must have impressed San Antonio, which is not a surprise. Bazemore made 45.1 percent of his field goals and 37.1 percent of his shot from beyond the arc.
One major flaw in Bazemore’s game last season was his free throw shooting. He shot only 64.4 percent from the line, a low percentage for a shooting guard.
Nonetheless, the Spurs are once again interested in another player from a battered Lakers team, the other player being Pau Gasol. It is rumored Gasol is being considered by the Spurs and the Miami Heat.
Even though the Lakers main goal is signing Carmelo Anthony, they do not want to miss out on signing Bazemore and other important role players.