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Lakers Don’t Give Qualifying Offer To Bazemore

6:46pm: Despite the Lakers deciding against making Bazemore a restricted free agent, there is mutual interest between the team and guard in his return to LA next season, sources tell Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com.

2:01pm: The Lakers have chosen not to extend a qualifying offer to Kent Bazemore, reports David Pick of Eurobasket.com (on Twitter). As a result of the team’s decision, Bazemore will become an unrestricted free agent, and Los Angeles will receive a cap hold of $915,243 on their books. 

Bazemore was shipped from Golden State to LA near the deadline last season, and he proved to be a valuable rotation piece for the Lakers. He averaged 13.1 points in 28.0 minutes per game while shooting 45% from the field.

Los Angeles wants as much cap flexibility as possible to increase their odds at signing Carmelo Anthony and/or LeBron James this summer, according to Pick (Twitter link). It’s unlikely that the decision to refrain from extending a qualifying offer to Bazemore will be the deciding factor in landing either of the superstars, but the move will provide slightly more breathing room nonetheless.

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27 thoughts on “Lakers Don’t Give Qualifying Offer To Bazemore

  1. Jordan

    Can we get any stupider? Bazemore was a factor in most of wins at the end of the season!

    • Lewis Velazquez

      I think his foot injury was a factor in the decision

      • Badazztj12

        yea same thing I thought, Lakers said they did want him back, so lets hope henry healthy

        • thomas rickard

          Don’t be surprised when they let Henry walk also

          • Badazztj12

            henry said he might be healthy and he doesn’t even have a contract

          • Jordan

            He may go to Utah Jazz or back to Golden State and i will be very mad if that happens

    • I totally agree with you man because we have a lot of money to go an get anyone in the free agency everyone wants a taste of champion type of caliber that the lakers have I just don’t want us make the mistake we made with bitch ass Howard Bron and Melo is good for us but if they decide to go elsewhere they will not win a championship anywhere else Miami is all blowing to pieces that lost to the spurs took their hearts purple and gold is the place to be Melo if you don’t join kobe you will be like Barkley and the rest of them without a ring so jump on the wagon because the lakers don’t have a losing record in their history so mitch let’s make it happen

      • Badazztj12

        Hey man you have to look at this. At the end of the season, he had to have surgery on foot and we haven’t even got any news on the injury. That’s why I see Lakers couldn’t wait since FA is right around the corner and we could sign a player like Lance who is much better plus will help us quicker.

        • would lance want to play less mins. since as of right now he would unless him or kobe play SF

  2. Table

    He also had a -5.56 RPM which ranks 85th of 90 qualified shooting guards. No loss.

  3. MustardsOffTheHotDog

    I take this as a salary cap move. They can still sign him and probably will.

    • Josh Ahumada

      No James no melo just another whack season. Alridge next year and KD the year after.

  4. Table

    Lakers have Kobe coming back at SG, and they probably want to bring back Nick Young or Jodie Meeks. Not to mention any potential interest in someone like Lance Stephenson or Trevor Ariza. They really don’t need Bazemore.

    • Allen Mallory

      Trevor would be a good pick up, but they don’t need a clown like Lance.

  5. thomas rickard

    The Lakers have become delusional, they have no chance to get Lebron, and shouldn’t want Mello, someone who has some sense should take over.

  6. hoperhetoric

    He can be a westbrook stopper! Better than shannon brown in mobility.

  7. I hope they sign him he the defender the lakers need at sf. What can it hurt to give him like 3 mill

    • Table

      Al Farouq Aminu is way better and could probably be had for 3 mill. He cant shoot, but he’s a great defender and young.

      • do we want just a guy who can defend or someone who can score too and that what bazemore brings that aminu doesnt. stats are about the same when you compare them. however bazemore the much better 3 point shooter

  8. Allen Mallory

    None of you guys and gals are GM’s. Mitch knows what the hell he is doing. You all need to calm the hell down and let that man do his damn job. Just because Bazemore had a decent season in a worthless coached offense does not mean he deserves to be signed right away. Who the hell couldn’t have a decent season after riding the bench getting next to zero playing time for their entire career.

    • Wesley johnson so that offense doesnt make everyone look good. why not bring bazemore back who will be cheap which lakers want good cheap role players

  9. Doug Graves

    Thats disappointing, hope they get him later

  10. MustardsOffTheHotDog

    From Rotoworld:

    “The Lakers did not make Kent Bazemore a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.The Lakers are just clearing up some cap space here, but they won’t be able to match offers on him. Bazemore tore a tendon in his foot to end his season, but he should be healthy. The Lakers may try to bring him back on a multi-year deal, but they’ll probably wait until the smoke clears on the high-profile players.”

  11. MustardsOffTheHotDog

    I’ve read that there is still mutual interest between the Lakers and Bazemore.

  12. tee hawk

    Everybody is overreacting. He was cut to make cap room… like other key players around the league for instance Chandler Parsons. He will be back. His foot is fine. He was incredible for us last season…runs 100mph and attacks the rim and above average passer…all you so called lakers fans calling the move dumb or stupid sit down and think about another team you can root for because we dont want your opinion

  13. Fan-Media

    Jordan… Lol are you kidding me…? A factor for most of the what, less than 30 wins? Look bazemore sat the bench in GS. Hes a tweener guard and too out of control to play the point. Only showed flashes of skill in Summer League last summer. Not what the Lakers need. You still have Swaggy P to sign, Pau to sign, and most importantly Carmello or LeBron. If that cant happen then you go for Lance Stephenson. Its all about the money for the Lakers and what they can get now!!!

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