In the wake of Klay Thompson‘s season-ending injury, the Warriors used their big trade exception to acquire Kelly Oubre Jr. Oubre is a forward, though his addition could allow wing Andrew Wiggins to play more shooting guard. Still, Golden State needed someone who’s more of a guard.
Like Kent Bazemore.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
Anthony Slater of The Athletic:
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
Bazemore’s minimum salary is $2,320,044. Because it’s a one-year deal, he’ll cost the Warriors only $1,620,564 in terms of real dollars and – more importantly – toward the luxury tax. The league will cover the difference ($699,480).
Bazemore returns to Golden State, where he began his career. Between, he became a starter with the Lakers, signed a big contract with the Hawks, declined in Atlanta then really struggled with the Trail Blazers and Kings.
Expectations should be relatively modest for the 31-year-old.
If he defends his position well and shoots 3-pointers adequately, Bazemore will give the Warriors what they’re seeking. Either way, he should at least be a positive for team chemistry and morale.