Is the career of ex-Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore over?

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The career of ex-Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore appears to be very much at a crossroads. If you look closely at the final few seasons of his career, it may be that this ten-year veteran might actually be done in this league.

At 33 years of age, it is not as though the 6’4” wing is getting any more athletic. He was a solid player in the league but really only found a long-term home with the Hawks. He played four and a half seasons with the franchise before being traded away.

During this time, Bazemore averaged 10.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals in 24.8 minutes per game. He started 242 games out of the 355 that he played. Bazemore only started 310 games in his career out of the 657 games played.

Ex-Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore is seemingly out of the league.

The last place where Bazemore put up good numbers was in Sacramento. While playing with the Kings he averaged 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 steals in the 25 games that he player. However, that is where it stopped for Bazemore.

He played for the Golden State Warriors in the 2020-22 season and then was with the Los Angeles Lakers last season. He struggled to produce given that his minutes decreased significantly. But so did his percentages which are of greater concern.

Now that  Bazemore has been cut by the Kings, there is not much chance that the former Hawks wing will get another deal. He may be signed if a team is going through injury hardship or if a team needs a veteran leading into the playoffs.

Neither of these scenarios appears to be likely as Bazemore is the wrong size of 30 and he has only ever really been a role player in the league. His defense has always been solid but this will be unlikely to entice a team that needs chemistry prior to the playoffs starting.

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The Hawks do have a roster spot remaining but to be honest, the impact of signing Dejounte Murray means that the Hawks do not have room for wing players.