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Report: Kent Bazemore leaning towards opting into $19.3 million player option for 2019-20

Kent Bazemore, Hawks

Atlanta Hawks small forward Kent Bazemore has been the subject of trade rumors lately. With the Hawks in rebuild mode, contenders around the NBA are trying to see what it will cost them to acquire Bazemore from Atlanta.

Kent Bazemore is making $18 million this season and has a player option worth $19.3 million for next season. If a team does end up trading for the versatile swingman, they should be prepared to pay Bazemore the $19.3 million he’s owed in 2019-20, according to Michael Scotto of The Atheltic:

Kent Bazemore, another name who has drawn interest on the trade market, is leaning towards opting into his $19.3 million player option for next season, league sources told The Athletic. He’s currently averaging a career-high 14 points per game.

In 35 games this season for the Hawks, Kent Bazemore is averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. The 29-year-old is shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line.

Bazemore is currently out with an ankle injury. He is expected to miss up to two weeks. Once the veteran forward is back in the lineup, though, Atlanta figures to receive a lot of phone calls from teams who are trying to upgrade their wing position.

Kent Bazemore would be making the smart decision by opting into his $19.3 million player option for next season. Players such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi Leonard are going to be hitting the open market in 2019, so Bazemore probably wouldn’t be able to get more than $19.3 million.