Ex Atlanta Hawks wing is the next to join the Sacramento Kings

Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Former Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore has found another home to continue his NBA career. Per Shams of the Athletic, Bazemore has signed a one-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Hopefully, for the 10-year veteran, he can have a greater impact than he did last season.

Bazemore played for the Los Angeles Lakers last season, averaging only 3.4 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 0.9 assists per game. It was his second stint with the franchise, which is where he played before he joined the Hawks.

Bazemore played more than half of his professional career with the Atlanta Hawks and this was where he had the most success. He played a minor role in the Hawks’ 2015 playoff run which was his first season with the franchise. In fact, it was during these five years that he announced himself as a solid role player in the league.

Former Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore will offer the Sacramento Kings plenty of help.

As Hawks fans saw over those five seasons, Bazemore is a solid defender who can space the floor with his 3-point shooting. While he is not as explosive as he used to be, Bazemore can still help a team. Don’t let his shooting percentage of 32.6 percent from the floor fool you from last season. The Lakers were that bad.

Bazemore is joined at the Kings by other former Hawks Alex Len and Kevin Huerter. Of the three of them, Huerter is looking to be the most prominent role with the new franchise. In fact, there is a chance that the Hawks will regret trading Huerter depending on the role that he has with the Kings.

This is most probably Bazemore’s last chance to get a long-term deal in the NBA. He has just turned 33 and was not very effective for either of his last two stops, the Lakers and the Golden State Warriors. In fact, the Kings were the last place where Bazemore was anything like his best days in a Hawks uniform.

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Bazemore will be a good backup for Harrison Barnes, while also defending the opposition wings at a high level. Hopefully, he can reignite his offense with the Kings but it is unlikely given the quality of the younger players with the squad.