NBA free-agent watch: Kent Bazemore

NBA free-agent watch: Kent Bazemore
June 20, 2014, 11:00 am
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There may not be any room at the in for free agent wings if the Wizards bring back Trevor Ariza, Garrett Temple and Glen RIce Jr. while keeping Martell Webster, Otto Porter and of course, Bradley Beal. However, the odds of all those bodies returning to Chinatown, not so high. 

That opens the possibility of targeting new bodies. Regardless, the Wizards don't have a clear backup for Bradley Beal and he's missed at least nine games in each of his first two seasons. Washington's bench could also stand a high-energy option to help electrify the team when the starters aren't rocking and rolling.

Free agent: SG Kent Bazemore, Los Angeles Lakers. Restricted. 

2013-14 salary$788,872

Vitals: 6'5", 201 pounds. 24 years old. 

Career averages: 4.1 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 46.7% FG, 41.7% 3FG. Last season with Warriors and Lakers: 6.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 41.4% FG, 32.7% 3FG. 

The fit: Bazemore played key minutes as a rookie during Golden State's playoff run and then dramatically jumped his stats following a mid-season to the Lakers. The second-year guard averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games including 15 starts with Los Angeles. The former Old Dominion star's value comes with his relentless on-court enthusiasm, especially on the defensive end.

Chances of becoming a Wizard: The Lakers will surely make Bazemore a qualifying offer, but could be in a jam to match depending on their grand plans in free agency.  Should Washington lose Ariza in free agency, the roster could be in search of another stout wing defender to help guard the likes of Paul George and Joe Johnson. Not a dynamic offensive threat to date, but he also knocked down 37 percent of his 3-point attempts with the Lakers. Bazemore's ceiling is that of a high-end role player, not to mention fan favorite. 

Guards: D.J. AugustinPatty Mills

Wings: Patrick Patterson, Thabo Sefolosha, P.J.Tucker

Bigs: DeJuan Blair, Matt Bonner, Boris DiawPau Gasol