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Report: Kent Bazemore signs with Golden State Warriors

The former King won't be traveling far to his new home.

The Golden State Warriors are signing former Kings guard Kent Bazemore, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

The deal is for one-year, $2.3 million, according to The Athletic's Anthony Slater.

The Kings acquired Bazemore shortly before last season's trade deadline in a deal that sent Trevor Ariza, Wenyen Gabriel, and Caleb Swanigan to Portland for Bazemore and Anthony Tolliver.

Bazemore came in and immediately contributed off the bench for Sacramento. Bazemore's contributions were exactly what the Kings were hoping they'd get from Ariza, but Ariza played significantly better in Portland; the trade worked for both teams.

Bazemore averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals with 42/38/73 shooting splits while providing energy and hard-nosed defense guarding multiple positions.

If Bazemore produces in a similar way with the Warriors, they'd have an absolute steal on their hands at that perplexingly low price.

For Bazemore, the move brings his NBA career full circle, as he originally signed with the Warriors in 2012 as an undrafted rookie.

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ArcoThunder
8 days ago

1 year 2.3 million

WHAT… THE… FUCK?

cloudyeyes
7 days ago
Reply to  ArcoThunder

Chasing rings

TheGrantNapear
8 days ago

Harry on a one year minimum contract ane Baze on a 1 year $2.3 million contract..kind of stings losing these two given how little they got elsewhere.

eurostep
8 days ago

I’m frustrated right now. All of the top tier and second tier players have either signed with their old team, signed or traded to a new team. My frustration is the Kings have not been linked to trying to acquire any of those players and also letting good players like Bogi and Bazemore get away. There are no know true impact players left to acquire. If the team stays as it is now they’ll be lucky to win 25 games. Sorry for the rant but damn!!!

ArcoThunder
8 days ago
Reply to  eurostep

I think this is part of the plan eurostep. Win a max of 25 games next year.

I’m not joking,

i think it’s part of the plan. It’s a plan I can get behind. Top 5 draft pick here we come.

That said, why not trade Buddy, Let Bogi walk and then sign Bazemore for 1 year at 10 million and Giles at three years for 10 million. Thats a better team thats still going to lose a lot and you don’t have a big bogi contract or a big Buddy contract. 2022 offseason would have the kings in the poll position.

Last edited 8 days ago by ArcoThunder
Dirkula
8 days ago
Reply to  ArcoThunder

Yep! We have a coach that’s not likely to be around in another year or so, 3 new rookies, and only a few solid pieces on the team. Don’t tie ourselves up with long term commitments to aging players and keep the cap clean. I’m good with MM’s approach thus far

SoyBomb
8 days ago
Reply to  Dirkula

Totally agree.

There was no way McNair was going to be able to undo the damage of the Divac era in one offseason, so I completely support his “keep-the-powder-dry” approach with a mediocre free agent class.

I know Kings fans are sick of the losing, but as this upcoming season will almost certainly be one with limited to no fans at the G1C, and more significantly, the 2021 draft being stacked with talent as it is, the clear path for longterm relevancy is to go all-in on another Luke-helmed (<25 win) season.

RowJimmy
7 days ago
Reply to  SoyBomb

In the first decade of having a professional team here I use to bet with my buddies if the Kings would win 23 or 27 games that year. Back to that and hopefully they at least run to make it entertaining.

NinjaFetus
8 days ago
Reply to  eurostep

Without some sort of blockbuster trade there was no way the Kings were going to compete for a playoff spot next year. This year with a new GM it’s all about figuring out what we have in the young players we’ve drafted last year and this, get our cap sheet under better control and go from there. Being strategic more than trying to get meaningless wins this year. We’ve still got some offloading to do, and while I liked the contributions Giles and Baze made both weren’t in the future plans or didn’t want to be. I would’ve liked HGIII for a 1 yr try out deal but he apparently didn’t feel the same about the Kings.

RobHessing
8 days ago

Great move for both Baze and the Dubs. Given where the Kings are right now, I would have been shocked had they made a multi-year offer to Baze, which is what it likely would have taken to get him to even consider it.

ArcoThunder
8 days ago
Reply to  RobHessing

Totally. Baze signing here would have taken something closer to what Bogi just got offered by Atlanta. Now, I would have been cool with that had they traded Buddy on draft night.

Baze and Bogi at 17mil each for the next 4 years would have been good asset management in my eyes. Theyre both very good wing/guards with different skill sets and desirable by basically every team in the league. Good if they stay but very tradabke at that price, Its good asset management if thats coming with Buddy already being gone.

Plus I just like the team fit, bball IQ, talent and playing style of Baze and Bogi over Buddy. It’s not even close for me,

Brown.says.Good.or.Bad

This is bad

RORDOG
8 days ago

Baze and Curry are really good friends, so this isn’t surprising.

What are some of the fringe guys out there you’re interested in? Here’s my list:

Shaquille Harrison
Wenyen Gabriel
RHJ
Kyle O’Quinn

BestHyperboleEver
8 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

KO’Q!

RORDOG
8 days ago

This is our time. I can feel it.

Kingsguru21
8 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

Whose RHJ? I feel like I’m blanking on somebody’s 10th man and dropping the ball but I’m really not because it’s not my job and I don’t ultimately care.

RORDOG
8 days ago
Reply to  Kingsguru21

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

RORDOG
8 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

These guys are all in the “can’t shoot for shit, but do a lot of other things well” category.

NorCalKingsFan
7 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

I will stan for KOQ every year until he is signed.

I also would love to bring Gabriel back, I still think he could develop into a quality backup wing getting 8-10 mins a night within the next 2 yrs.

Perfect end of bench guys.

Kingsguru21
8 days ago
Reply to  RORDOG

I’d be okay with any of those guys.

Kingsguru21
8 days ago

Good luck in SF Bazey!

Mike120
8 days ago

2.3M is great value for Bazemore. Wish Kings had tried to beat that a little.

G-naps
7 days ago

Appreciate the effort baze gave in the short time in Sacramento.

IMO it seems as if this front office is dumping the previous regimes acquisitions that wouldn’t truly lend themselves to a winning franchise. Almost like they truly want a fresh start.

RAP87
7 days ago
Reply to  G-naps

Agreed. Everyone is clamoring for a fresh start from the Kings. This is one of the indications that we are heading that way. This team ain’t making the playoffs with or without Baze, Bogi and Giles. Not having possibly all 3 increases our chances of a top 5 pick in a loaded draft. That is something I can get behind and I hope that is Monte’s plan as well.

Having a clean cap going into the 2021-2022 + a potential top 5 pick is a good strategy IMO.

Murf
7 days ago
Reply to  G-naps

Agreed, by resigning older vets playing for new deals to save your job, doesn’t really give the young talent on your roster a chance to develop much does it? Sounds like they want to keep the roster younger and evaluate what they have

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