NBA free agency has really started to pick up steam since LeBron James has made his decision to return to the Cavaliers. All teams are now starting to spend their cap space, and it appears as if the Atlanta Hawks have made their first move since James announced his.
From Marc Stein of ESPN:
ESPN sources say Kent Bazemore is headed to the Atlanta Hawks on a two-year, $4 million deal
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2014
This is a fantastic move for the Hawks.
Bazemore is a 6-foot-5 guard/forward who can play three positions. He adds depth to the wing, and in 23 games for the Lakers last season he averaged a little over 13 points, three assists, and three rebounds per game, while shooting 37 percent from three-point range.
Bazemore can also allow Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer to tinker with new lineups, as he can handle the ball, and Bud will likely use that in a lot of different ways.
Bazemore also has a near 7′ wingspan, and has a really high defensive ceiling.
Signing Bazemore to just $2 million per year will prove to be a bargain, and the Hawks have enough cap space remaining to make one or two more moves.