Pacific Notes: Bazemore, Kings, Booker, Rivers

Kent Bazemore gave the Kings an unexpected boost after they acquired him from the Trail Blazers, as Zach Lowe of ESPN details. Bazemore made 39% of his 3-point attempts and averaged 16 points per 36 minutes while providing energy and rebounding, Lowe continues. Bazemore, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, also had success on post-ups against smaller guards, Lowe adds.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Re-signing restricted free agent Bogdan Bogdanovic will be the top priority for the Kings this offseason, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic. The Kings intend to match any offer sheet, says Jones. Sacramento will look to upgrade its defense, particular on the wing, but it’s unlikely that big man Harry Giles will return after the team declined to pick up his option for next season, Jones notes.
  • Suns guard Devin Booker has been named a global ambassador for the Special Olympics, ESPN’s Malika Andrews reports. As an ambassador, Booker will continue to work with Special Olympics Arizona, communicate with young Special Olympics athletes on social media and participate in international Special Olympic events, Andrews adds.
  • Clippers coach Doc Rivers has been hammering home the message to his players to remain focused on winning a championship, Jovan Buha of The Athletic reports. “I’m trying to get my guys to understand two things: that our goals haven’t changed and the second thing is we cannot use whatever happens when we come out of this as the reason we don’t win,” Rivers said. “So we have to be mentally prepared for something different, something strange, (like) an NCAA tournament-style (or) a three-game series —  Those are just dangerous, anybody can win those things – (or) a five-game series. You just got to be prepared for it and you’re in the same boat. We use this phrase: ‘Win the wait.’”
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7 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Bazemore, Kings, Booker, Rivers

  1. PapiElf

    Bazemore would be a nice fit on the Warriors. He could allow Poole to fully develop and have a nice veteran presence on the team he started his career with. He’s definitely improved from his time in Golden State and still knows Curry and Thompson.

      • Simmons>Russ

        Poole is listed as a SG on wiki, basketball reference and ESPN.
        Bazemore is 6’4 same height as Poole and is listed as a SG/SF. Basketball reference says he spent 8 years as a SG, 3 as a SF and 1 year as a combo.

        • Howie415

          He was the starting PG before play was suspended, and they were developing him as Curry’s backup.

          • ntkings45

            Poole is DEFINITELY NOT a PG. he was only playing by default cause they were so thin. They literally only had 8 or 9 guys suited up for several games. I think everyone in the Warriors organization and the NBA sees Poole as a 2 guard. They drafted him for shooting as well. Plus, nobody transitions to a PG once they are in the NBA unless they have a lot of prior experience playing PG. You either have it or you don’t at that point

            • Howie415

              Poole was a PG in HS. So, he has the experience. Kerr has said he sees Poole as more of a Playmaker.

              • x%sure

                I agree Poole is a playmaker, but he seems to prefer doing it from the wing. I would not trust him to run a team at this point. They tried Evans at PG also to bail out a drafting decision by Bob Meyers. They could still draft a Ball/Edwards/Halliburton!

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