HoopsHype Kent Bazemore rumors

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Bazemore honed his craft on this court as a child. He recalls playing against kids from all over town in the summer, starting in the early hours of the morning until the sun went down. This was his safe haven, even in the toughest of times that lasted off and on during his childhood and even throughout high school. “I was sleeping in a house with no heat, no air conditioning, no electricity, no water,” Bazemore said. “Some nights we’d go stay at my uncle’s house across the street.” NBA.com

“I think some of the challenges presented to him really hardened his heart to the task at hand to really make it to the league,” Taylor said. From a small town in North Carolina to the Bay Area to the bright lights of Los Angeles today, Bazemore hasn’t changed or been fazed. Not one bit. “I still live with that in the back of my mind,” he said. “Guys kind of forget and don’t remember what they’ve been through. That’s what keeps me hungry. My situation doesn’t change. You can’t just throw it away. It’s a part of who you are.” NBA.com

April 6, 2014 Updates

Kent Bazemore left the Lakers’ game Sunday against the Clippers in a designated road game at Staples Center after spraining his right foot. He was handling the ball at the top of the key before he turned his foot and fell to the ground with 10:08 left in the second quarter. Bazemore was soon carried up by teammates Robert Sacre and Jodie Meeks before a Lakers’ staff member helped him to the locker room. Bazemore soon took x-rays that turned out negative. But the injury was serious enough for him to stay out the rest of the game. Bazemore is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. Los Angeles Daily News

March 11, 2014 Updates

He wants to stick with the Lakers long term and relishes the possibility to play alongside his favorite childhood player-turned-teammate, Kobe Bryant, regardless of the growing tales of the superstar’s grating, overly demanding ways. “Shoot, that would be a dream come true, and with the track record he has, the body of work he has, I would be all ears,” Bazemore said. “For a guy who’s been through everything he’s been through, playing half of his life in this league, winning multiple championships, why not listen? If I got to go against him every day, I know I’m not cheating myself, so I would look forward to it. In all honesty, I don’t think he’s that tough to play with. If he demands a lot, he just wants to be great. You can’t really knock that.” NBA.com

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The Lakers received a traded-player exception of $2,789,920 on Wednesday in their trade of Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. A traded-player exception can be used to acquire a player in trade without sending out matching salary. In the case of the Blake exception, the Lakers can deal for a player making up to $2,889,920 (including $100,000 of padding). Los Angeles Times

The exception expires on Feb. 19, 2015, but the team may not have it for long. Should the Lakers drop under the salary cap in July, as expected, they will first need to renounce the exception. Los Angeles Times

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The Golden State Warriors have acquired veteran point guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, it was announced today. [...] “The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball. On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers.” NBA.com

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