Lakers forward Kent Bazemore plans to have a boot removed on his right foot after nursing a torn tendon for the past month, according to his agent, Austin Walton. Bazemore’s agent also said his client will likely fully heal his foot within four to six weeks once his boot is removed before returning for on-court workouts.
According to that timetable, Bazemore could begin working out as early as June 20 and as late as July 4. The Lakers did not offer such a timetable other than adding that Bazemore has currently been working out on a stationary bike and that he is scheduled to visit a doctor sometime next week.
After having surgery on his foot on April 16, Bazemore had originally hoped to begin working out from early to mid June so he could give the Lakers more assurances as they weigh whether to give him a $1.1 million qualifying offer by the June 30 deadline to make him a restricted free agent. If the Lakers do so, they would have the rights to offer sheet Bazemore receives from other teams.
“That’s on the Lakers,” Walton told this newspaper. “I think he’s shown enough that he’s going to be of interest to other teams if the Lakers decide not to qualify him. He did enough with the Lakers where he’s a guy worth at least the $1.1 million qualifying offer.”
The Lakers acquired Bazemore from Golden State shortly before the mid-February trade deadline, averaging 13.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 28 minutes through 23 games. That marked a sharp increase from the 2.3 points per average in 6.1 minutes through 44 contests this season with the Warriors. Bazemore has spent the last month in San Francisco completing physical therapy exercises.
“He’s going to be 100 percent healthy well before any type of training camp,” Walton said. “He’s not going to be doing anything to jeopardize his health.”