For the fourth time in his NBA career, Kent Bazemore is on the move. The only difference this time is that this time, the move will be a reunion of sorts for the 31-year old, as he is set to don Golden State Warriors threads again.
Bazemore has reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to Shams Charania, giving him a chance to play for the team that first gave him a chance in the NBA and reuniting him with some of his former teammates.
Free agent Kent Bazemore has agreed to a one-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, agent Austin Walton tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 22, 2020
Kent Bazemore, who went undrafted in the 2012 Draft before finding his way for the Warriors and their then D-League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors, played for Golden State for two seasons before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014, just a year before the team started their dynasty and won three titles and made five consecutive trips to the NBA Finals.
Since then, the former Old Dominion product has played for the Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, and the Sacramento Kings. In the 2019-2020 season, during which he played for both the Trail Blazers and Kings, Bazemore averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals, while shooting 37.5 % from the field and 34.4% from downtown.
Despite being six years removed from his last game as a Warrior, Bazemore has remained close with some of his old teammates, including two-time MVP Steph Curry. But the versatile wing joins a different Warriors team from the one he left, as the Dubs enter the season with championship aspirations a year after finishing with the league’s worst record.
Despite losing Klay Thompson to an Achilles injury even before the start of the season, Golden State will still have Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, and second overall pick James Wiseman next season, along with a talented bench that now includes Bazemore.