Free agent this summer after his freelance with the Warriors, Kent Bazemore will seek to sign a long-term contract, after having experienced four franchises in two years.
Struggling in Portland and then Sacramento last year, the full-back has regained some color alongside Stephen Curry this season. Admittedly, he scored less than during his time with the Kings, but his role was more limited, and he especially found efficiency, with 7.2 points on average at 41% success at 3-points.
Stability for the family
And Kent Bazemore must now take into account the family situation. “I want stability. I’m tired of moving around. My wife is sick of it too. Every time she arrives, she has to leave. It’s difficult for her. My son is going to be 3 next year, so we’re going to have to take care of school and that sort of thing. I have a different look now, I’m wearing a different cap ” he explains to NBC Sports.
Especially since soon to be 32 years old (next July 1), the rear will no longer have many opportunities to land a guaranteed contract over several years and to play for a title.
“This is my 10th year in the league. I don’t really have time to waste anymore. I want to win, I want to play at a high level. The teams know what I can bring. Obviously I’m working to improve myself but as a teammate I’m one of the best. So we’ll see. I look forward to the next opportunity. «
Not the priority among the Warriors
It remains to be seen who needs his profile and especially who wants to engage with him in the long term. The Warriors? The main party would certainly not be against it, but Golden State’s finances are in the red (168 million guaranteed for next year) and several cases are pending.
Wishing to strengthen the bench, Bob Myers and Steve Kerr will first look into the Kelly Oubre Jr. case since the latter is also at the end of the contract. Then, Bob Myers made it his mission to recruit a few solid veterans in order to surround Stephen Curry as well as possible and rediscover the joys of the playoffs.
To see if Kent Bazemore fits into this vision. And for how long …
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