Kent Bazemore clearly wanted to return to the Bay Area.
The 31-year-old reportedly agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with the Warriors on Sunday. And he certainly had other suitors.
HoopsHype reported Sunday that Bazemore turned down interest from eight other teams. The veteran wing reportedly drew interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Milwaukee Bucks, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets. The Suns even had interest in giving Bazemore a two-year deal, sources told HoopsHype.
We know one person is happy Bazemore picked the Warriors. That would be none other than Steph Curry. Bazemore and the Warriors' superstar have been best friends since Bazemore signed with Golden State as an undrafted free agent in 2012. The two even FaceTimed Sunday after the news leaked.
The lefty averaged 2.0 points per game as a rookie with the Warriors during the 2012-13 season. He then was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2014. Bazemore averaged 8.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Kings last season.
Bazemore should get a good amount of playing time off the bench after Klay Thompson tore his Achilles. Bazemore brings energy on both sides of the ball and is a 35.1 percent shooter from beyond the arc for his career.
This is a win-win reunion, and Bazemore clearly wanted to be a Warriors once again.