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Kent Bazemore’s Lakers signing comes with a huge slap to Warriors

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The Los Angeles Lakers are not done adding familiar faces after they landed Dwight Howard, Trevor Ariza, and Wayne Ellington. Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Purple and Gold are snatching Kent Bazemore from the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal.

Interestingly, the deal comes with a huge slap to the Warriors after it was reported that Bazemore turned down more money and a longer contract (two years) since he believes he has the best chance to compete for the title with the Lakers.

Kent Bazemore made 67 appearances for the Warriors in 2020-21, averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 19.9 minutes on the floor. He also shot 44.9 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The former Warriors swingman is a plug-and-play player, and the Lakers badly need anyone who can credibly shoot from outside and offer some resistance as a wing defender. Bazemore is a worthwhile addition and should play a role in the rotation next season.

As for the Warriors, though, they will certainly want to prove Bazemore wrong and show him that he made the wrong decision in signing with the Lakers. With Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson leading the way–along with the addition of two exciting rookies and the development of James Wiseman–the Dubs know they have what it takes to contend.