HoopsHype Kent Bazemore rumors

December 29, 2014 Updates

Two starters, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll, will be free agents at the end of the season. How important would be for the team to keep those guys? Kent Bazemore: I think the way we're playing, how we finish out the season will speak volumes for any free agents we have coming up. The chemistry is great, we are all familiar with each other. I think it'll work out. HoopsHype

I guess you are satisfied with the decision you made signing with the Hawks this summer. Kent Bazemore: Yeah. I had a lot teams that reached out - the Warriors, the Lakers, they all reached out. Boston was a team that was there, the Charlotte Hornets were there... My agent did a great job looking at all the options. I've got a lot of family in the East Coast. My mom has already been at a few games... It feels good being here. A perfect match. I want to make a name for myself in this league and the Hawks are trying to do the same. HoopsHype

Let's talk about the All-Star hashtag skit. It was a tribute to the one Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake did, right? Kent Bazemore: Oh yeah, yeah, it was definitely a spinoff of that. The Hawks PR came up with the idea and myself and Mike Muscala did it. I hope they saw it, I hope they get to see it one day... And who came up with the nicknames? I loved 'Better Call Paul' Millsap and 'Machine Gun' Korver. KB: Thank you, man. Me and Mike spent a lot of time with the guys on the bench. Throughout the games we are always making hashtags, just fooling around, you know. Trying to stay in tune for the game, and the skit was like a synopsis of the foolery that can come up with. HoopsHype

What was the reaction in the locker room when they saw the video? KB: They still repeat some of the hashtags. We all call Kyle 'Machine Gun' Korver now anytime he hits a three... Anytime one of the players makes a play, one of the guys on the bench will throw out one of the hashtags. It's always a good time. Do you like the mean tweets by Jimmy Kimmel or the hashtag feature by Fallon? KB: They are both very hilarious and creative... I think the hashtag skit is probably the best, it requires a lot more skill, because it's all on the fly, it's very versatile, it can go in so many directions with it... The mean tweets, I can go to Twitter and search my name and find a thousand of those. The hashtag skit is probably my favorite of the two. HoopsHype

Kent Bazemore: Danny Ferry was doing a good job of cleaning up the organization, getting the right guys in the right spots. The foundation he laid definitely got the Hawks organization going in the right direction. It's tough, with all the other teams, the competition to sign guys, salary cap restrictions, to finally get a team and finally win with it. HoopsHype

How did the locker room deal with the Danny Ferry situation? Kent Bazemore: We handled it well. At the end, everyone knows Mr. Ferry was around a ton. He's a great guy, man. It's a business at the end of the day and everyone makes mistakes, but we are not in any position to judge anyone... They've got transcripts or whatever... We don't really know what was going on there. He's still watching over us from a distance. He stills gets the bulk of the credit for turning around the Hawks organization. We kind of miss him. Coach Budenholzer has done a great job filling in, and also Mr. Steve Koonin. The sun is shining bright even on rainy days in the Hawks organization. HoopsHype

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On whether the Spurs did contact him, Bazemore confirmed there were some discussions between he and San Antonio over the summer. “Yeah,” said Bazemore, “they reached out to my agent, showed some interest, but I came here (Atlanta), so the second best thing obviously – same system.” I asked Bazemore why he chose Atlanta in the end, despite being pursued by a few teams when he was a free agent. “It was a good mix, an up-and-coming team, myself, I’m an up-and-coming player,” said Bazemore. “The system is good, how the ball moves, a lot of pick-and-rolls stuff, those play to my strengths; how they play defensively, how active they are defensively and I was in talks with them a lot.” ProjectSpurs.com

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The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Kent Bazemore, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. “Kent’s competitiveness and versatility make him a great addition to our group,” Budenholzer said. “He can impact the game in a lot of ways, especially defensively guarding multiple positions. Kent’s work ethic and enthusiasm for the game make him a great teammate and great fit with the Hawks.” NBA.com

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Not quite. Bazemore wasn’t checking Twitter -- he says he glances at it roughly once a day, usually in the afternoon. “You can’t control it,” was his succinct answer for why he doesn’t obsess over the transaction game. Also, he has people to do that for him. "We got a group chat, me and my roommate, my little brother, my agent, financial advisor, two of my other best friends,” Bazemore said. “They just rant on about that stuff all day. I just watch the Tour de France, I play 'FIFA' downstairs. I actually won the Scottish Premier Cup with my team just now right before you got here." ESPN.com

Bazemore had gotten back from Atlanta the night before, where he’d met with Danny Ferry, Darvin Ham and others in the Hawks organization. It was more like a classic job interview than anything we associate with the NBA, but he enjoyed what can be a nerve-wracking process for others. Unlike what happens on Twitter, there’s a degree of control in a face-to-face meeting. “A lot of guys can’t hold a conversation,” Bazemore said. He knows he can, and appreciates the chance to set himself apart. ESPN.com

July 12, 2014 Updates

Chris Vivlamore: Can confirm Marc Stein report that Kent Bazemore has agreed to a contract with the Hawks. Now, off to Vegas. #ATLHawks Twitter @ajchawks

Free-agent swingman Kent Bazemore has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to sources close to the process. Sources said the in-demand Bazemore -- pursued by the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs and several other teams -- will sign a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $4 million from the Hawks. After playing sparingly in his first season and a half in the league, Bazemore emerged as a sleeper free agent following a solid finish to the 2013-14 campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN.com

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