Lakers free agent forward Kent Bazemore agreed to a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Atlanta Hawks, according to a league source. The source added that the deal does not include any player or team options and that the money is fully guaranteed.
The Lakers wanted to re-sign Bazemore, who was also amenable toward staying even on a one-year deal. But the Lakers were busy enough on Friday in deals involving Jeremy Lin, Nick Young and Jordan Hill. Bazemore attracted interest from a flurry of teams, including San Antonio, Boston and Charlotte. He was scheduled to meet with the Hornets on Saturday, but the deal with the Hawks became too good to pass up.
Bazemore averaged 13.1 points per game through 28 appearances with the Lakers, arriving after the NBA trade deadline in a deal that sent Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers opted against granting Bazemore a $1.1 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, which would give them the right to match any offers he receives elsewhere.
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