Eight years after starting his NBA journey with the Golden State Warriors, Kent Bazemore is coming home. Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported on Sunday morning that Bazemore had agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Warriors, after fielding offers from numerous teams.
Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic, Bazemore’s deal is for $2.3 million.
Source: Kent Bazemore's one-year deal is for $2.3 million. Won't cut into the Warriors' MLE or (potential) DPE usage.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 22, 2020
After going undrafted, Bazemore played his rookie year with the Warriors in 2012-13, and half of the next season before he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. While he was strictly a back-of-the-bench option with Golden State, he quickly endeared himself to Dub Nation with his infectious energy, and his All-Star level bench celebrations.
He was seemingly adored by everyone in the organization, and formed a close friendship with Steph Curry. During his many years away from the Warriors, he always received a hearty ovation when he returned to Oracle Arena and Chase Center.
Despite having a tiny role in Golden State, Bazemore has carved out a nice NBA career, and earned himself a large contract and a starting role on the Atlanta Hawks for half a decade. He split last year between the Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, and averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game, while shooting 34.4% from beyond the arc.
He’s a very strong wing defender, who grades out exceptionally well in advanced metrics on that end of the court, and he can defend multiple positions. He’ll likely be the first wing off the bench, backing up Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr., and providing spacing, transition offense, and strong defense.
Welcome back, Baze. We sure are happy to see you.