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Kent Bazemore out for season

Apr 8, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

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With the Warriors, Kent Bazemore was the best end-of-bench celebrator in the NBA.

With the Lakers, he’s been a reasonable contributor, averaging averaging 13.1 points on 37 percent 3-point shooting with 1.3 steals per game.

Does the 24-year-old guard have a future playing in the league? Unfortunately, we won’t a have a good chance to assess the rest of this season.

Lakers team release:

Los Angeles Lakers guard/forward Kent Bazemore, who was injured in yesterday’s game against the Clippers, had an MRI exam this morning that showed that he has a torn peroneus longus tendon in his right foot. Bazemore will miss the remainder of the season and will undergo surgery to repair the tendon. A timetable for his return will be given at the conclusion of his surgery.

Bazemore could become a restricted free agent this offseason if the Lakers extend him a $1,115,243 qualifying offer. Otherwise, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

What the Lakers do with Bazemore will likely be determined by their direction as a franchise. If they acquiesce Kobe Bryant and try to win immediately, they won’t give Bazemore the qualifying offer. If they take a more patient approach, it could go either way.

Bazemore missing this final chance to impress the Lakers could bite him this summer.

  1. fnc111 - Apr 8, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Negative much? 13 points a game is pretty damn good you effing fool.

    • reesesteel23 - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

      You Laker fans are so damn sensitive. Where is the negativity in the article?

  2. nadoinspincity - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Damn, there goes the Lakers playoff chances.

  3. casualcommenter - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Not sure I understand the logic in this article. Even if the Lakers are in “win-now” mode next year, they still have to fill up a total of 15 roster spots, so they could use young and cheap players to fill out the space. Meanwhile, they’re unlikely to find a player significantly cheaper than Bazemore who can do what he does.

    Bazemore is a pretty good “3-and-D” guy with athleticism. He’s been efficient when pushed into a bigger role this season, starting 15 games, and putting up 13 points per game, 45% from the field, and 37% from 3, which are very respectable numbers. If the Lakers roster next year is more talented, it stands to reason that he could become more efficient if given more open looks.

    The Lakers could do much worse than Bazemore as a backup getting just $1.1 million. Nash has never been a good defender, and with Kobe aging, the Lakers need athletic guys who can defend the perimeter to help out that back court, regardless of whether or not they’re in win-now mode.

  4. R. Edmond - Apr 8, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    This is what Antoni’s run n gun style of ball gets you: torn foot tendons and a host of more injuries.

    • paleihe - Apr 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM

      Seemed to work very well for Nash, Marion, and Johnson.

  5. sportsfan18 - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Out for the SEASON… what? 5 games or so?

    He’s out for the REMAINDER of the season… not THE season…

  6. mackcarrington - Apr 8, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Reportedly his injury is the result of increased playing time since becoming a Laker. His body wasn’t accustomed to playing so much.

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