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Blazers GM Neil Olshey says Kent Bazemore ‘is an excellent fit,’ thanks Evan Turner

Kent Bazemore, Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey says Kent Bazemore “is an excellent fit” in Portland. The Blazers acquired Bazemore on Monday from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Evan Turner.

In a statement, Olshey thanked Turner for his time with the Blazers and talked about how Bazemore will fit in with Portland.

“Kent is a two-way wing that adds depth to our perimeter, is an excellent fit with our returning players and will transition seamlessly to our style of play,” Olshey said. “We want to thank Evan for his many contributions to the team. He was a critical player in our run to the Western Conference Finals and he will be missed on and off the court.”

Kent Bazemore will make $19,269,662 in 2019-20, the final year of his contract. The swingman averaged 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists this past season with the Hawks while shooting 40.2 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from beyond the arc and 72.6 percent from the free-throw line.

The Blazers made it to the 2019 Western Conference Finals. They ran out of gas, though, after going to seven games in the second round against the Denver Nuggets. Portland got swept by the Golden State Warriors in the Conference Finals.

Bazemore is an upgrade over Turner. He can shoot the ball well from deep and put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. This was a good trade for the Blazers.