After having surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn tendon in his right foot, Kent Bazemore is expected to fully recover in time for training camp slated for the end of September.
But it’s likely Bazemore’s recovery will happen more quickly. According to a league source, Bazemore will likely fully heal his foot and resume training by early to mid-June before progressively advancing toward complete workouts by August.
Bazemore’s timetable could give the Lakers a chance to watch him train before deciding to grant him a $1.1 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. Such a move would allow the Lakers to match any offer he receives from other teams.
The Lakers acquired Bazemore from Golden State two months ago and averaged 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28 minutes through 23 games with the Lakers before injuring his foot last week against the Clippers. Bazemore’s contributions marked a sharp increase from the 2.3 points per average in 6.1 minutes through 44 contests this season with the Warriors.