According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Utah Jazz have had talks with another free agent. This one, Kent Bazemore.
The Jazz and Lakers free agent guard Kent Bazemore’s camp have had some preliminary contract talks, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 2, 2014
Bazemore is coming off of a season where he was traded from the Golden State Warriors to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, in a deal that sent Steve Blake to Golden State.
In his role with the Lakers, Bazemore seen a huge increase in minutes. Bazemore average 28.0 minutes per game with the Lakers, and only 6.1 minutes per game with the Warriors. A big part of that was due to the Warriors being very deep already on the bench, and on the other end, the Lakers having no bench whatsoever last year.
Bazemore, a 6’5″ shooting guard, would be put into a situation with the Jazz where they already have players at the position. The Jazz have newly drafted Dante Exum, who can seemingly play both the point guard and shooting guard position, Alec Burks, who could see the same role as last season as a sixth man, and they also just drafted Rodney Hood out of Duke, who with his size and shooting ability can play either the small forward or shooting guard position.
The talks between Bazemore and the Jazz could just be something that is happening in case the Jazz lose restricted free agent Gordon Hayward this off season. If the Jazz can bring Hayward back, I don’t see much room for Bazemore on the Jazz roster.
Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in 23 games played with the Lakers this year. When given time, he seems to be able to produce. However, with that being said, I wouldn’t see him getting much playing time with the Jazz.