After being traded by the Warriors to the Lakers last season, Kent Bazemore evolved from a bench-warming cheerleader to a legitimate NBA scoring guard.
There was simply not enough playing time to go around for Bazemore, who often lingered at the end of the bench and only saw action during garbage time in his one and a half seasons with the Warriors. When the opportunity arose, the Warriors sent Bazemore along with MarShon Brooks to the Lakers for veteran point guard Steve Blake.
Now, they may be looking to bring back the “Bazed God,” who is currently a free agent. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports, the Warriors reached out to Bazemore about bringing him back.
But Bazemore may be out of the Warriors’ price range. After averaging 13.3 points per game in 23 games with the floundering Lakers last season, he is now value for more than just his celebratory antics on the bench. Having already spent their mid-level exception on Shaun Livingston, the Warriors would likely offer Bazemore just the league minimum — which is what they are doing, per Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.
In addition, a number of other teams are also interested in Bazemore, including the Jazz, Lakers, Sixers, Hawks, Spurs, Suns, Mavericks, and Celtics.
At this point, it seems unlikely that the third-year guard out of Old Dominion comes back to Golden State, unless he really wants to return to the Bay Area.