SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Kent Bazemore plans to have surgery to treat a torn tendon on his right foot on Wednesday, an operation that will be performed by Dr. Kenneth Hunt at Stanford University. Bazemore visited with Hunt on Monday to determine his surgery date.
Bazemore sprained his foot in the second quarter of the Lakers’ loss on April 6 to the Clippers at a designated road game at Staples Center. A day later, Bazemore was then ruled out the remainder of the season. Bazemore was simply handling the ball at the top of the key before feeling what he described as a “pop,” but attributed the injury toward “overuse.”
The Lakers acquired Bazemore from Golden State and has averaged 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28 minutes through 23 games with the Lakers, a sharp increase from the 2.3 points per average in 6.1 minutes through 44 contests this season with the Warriors.
The Lakers are likely to extend Bazemore a $1.1 million qualifying offer that will make him a restricted free agent because of his energy, athleticism and willingness to learn.
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