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Lakers News: Team Will Not Extend Qualifying Offer To Kent Bazemore

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At February’s NBA trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors in exchange for MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. While Brooks was expected to be part of the rotation with so many injuries in the backcourt, it was Bazemore who emerged and actually started 15 of the 23 games.

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Although Bazemore showed potential during his short time with the Lakers, the team will not be extending the 24-year-old a qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin:

“Part of the strategy session involved informing Kent Bazemore that they will not be extending the 24-year-old swingman a $1.11 million qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent, a league source confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com.”

While this comes as a surprise, both parties are still interested in Bazemore returning next season:

“Even though Bazemore will now be allowed to sign with any team he chooses without the Lakers having the ability to match any competing offer and still retain him, “both parties are interested” in him returning to L.A., a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com.”

While Bazemore did not see much playing time with the Warriors in his first two seasons, he was given a chance by Mike D’Antoni to play major minutes. In 23 games with the Lakers, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 28.0 minutes.

For the Lakers, they are evaluating all of their options as the franchise is entering their most important off-season in nearly a decade. While there is a possibility Bazemore returns, Los Angeles is looking to create as much cap space as possible to lure free agents like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.

Heading into free agency, the Lakers currently have enough cap space to sign a player to a max contract and are looking to hopefully shed more by trading away Steve Nash’s contract.
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  • Alexandra Taylor

    When the Lakers FO finally figures out that Lebron is staying in Miami and chances are slim of obtaining Anthony, let’s hope that all of those players with a lot of
    potential that could have been acquired, have not been signed by another team.

    • Javier Ferrer

      I agree 100%. When all is said and done and we haven’t landed any of the big fish the Lakers will realize that paying Bazemore the 1.1 would’ve been a freaking BARGAIN.

      • Computer Networking

        The lakers are going to land carmelo but not lebron. They will land lowry also and/or deny and then they will resign gasol.

        • borsalino12

          Can you please explain to me how exactly Kupchak can sign Carmelo, Kyle Lowry, Luol Deng and Gasol ? With what money? Have you ever heard about the salary cap? Do you know what it’s numbers are for the next season? ? ? ? ? ?

          • Computer Networking

            Have you taken the time to read the new cba rules? Because gasol would be a resigned player, they would be allowed to go over the cap for him as long as that’s what pushes them over the cap. Therefore, gasol would have to be the last signed out of the players. Next, does it really matter how? There is no rule saying that you cannot go over the salary cap. There are only penalties for doing so. Lakers get 280 million per year from time Warner cable. I don’t think they really care about luxury taxes.

          • Shaka Saphir

            ROFLMAO,thanks for explaining that to poor little clueless borsalino because it’s evident that he is clueless when it comes to understanding the guidelines that govern the signing of FA’s. Also as there has been some mention of possibly signing Deng,the talk has been more about Melo than any other SF and as for Lowry,it’s only been mentioned as a possibility. Thus if the Lakers feel that they will have the opportunity sign them all,they will do so and it doesn’t matter how it’s done,even if it means being over the salary cap which they’ve done in the past. Thus your questions is a mute one.

          • borsalino12

            I think, you have to read the new CBA again, because you have not understand what exactly it means. You can go over the salary cap ONLY, if you need to sign several minimum salary free agents to complete the roster of 15 or 14.All of the indications so far are that Pau won’t sign a contract for less than $ 10 mil. a year, which is 45% pay-cut.
            But, lets assume for a minute, that he will accept $ 7.5 mil per for 2 years.Kobe and Carmelo will have $ 23.5 mil each.Luol Deng – $ 13.5 mil. K.Lowry will ask for something in the neighborhoods of $ 10 mil per year. And St.Nash will take home $ 9.7 mil. The total salary of this 6 players is going to be $ 87.7 millions. You still have to sign another 8 or 9 players and even if you have them playing for $ 500,000, that is another $ 4.5 mil. And the total team salary will be $ 92.2 mil, which means we will have about $ 30 millions over the salary cap. And that number will grow double, when you calculate the penalty by the new CBA system. Jim Buss has stated it at the end of the last season, that he will not pay even a penny in penalties for the next years.
            Also, TWC has paid $ 3.0 billions over the next 20 years, which does not make $ 280 mil a year, but exactly $ 150 mil. And having this much money does not means the Lakers have to spend them in vain ( in enormous penalty system).

        • Thoughtso

          They said that lowry might be close to signing with the heat although he cant sign until july 1st of course.

    • Zimmeredge

      We have the highest chance to land melo over bulls and rockets for financial reasons. Knicks can sign him as well but if they give him what he wants (20m) they are done for this summer and next season. Plain and simple.
      Meanwhile the Lakers can offer him Exactly what he wants money-wise. And if you brin in the good pièces together then we might end up being more appealing than the bulls or the knicks.

      • vdogg

        agreed. melo would be amazing for the lakers to get. great scorer, kobe’s bud, would slide right in with kobe, julius and possibly pau. i really hope it happens.

        • Zimmeredge

          Me too. It´s a deadly combination to have Kobe and melo, their game are almost the same they can hurt teams in so many different and equal ways as well. They compliment each other and they have the same zone of confort (post and behind the arc). Pau and randle inside and around. Two lefty in the same team it should be interesting to watch. Especially because they both have inside and mid range game.

        • borsalino12

          So Nash, Kobe, Melo, Randle and Gasol is amazing team to you, hah?

          • Chrmngblly

            Then why do we need Deng?

      • TheZuluNation

        Chicago will do anything they can to free up more cap to sign Melo. They know they are basically a scorer away from getting back to contending.

    • Edy

      Ur Exactly right ! dumb ass Mitch is just dreaming he needs to wake up ASAP and start signing free agents like Lowry ,ariza,Monroe, and hopefully sign back pau gasol .oh yeah before I forget we sign a coach all ready

      • Zimmeredge

        You can’t start before it has even started.

    • nlruizjr

      Yeah, that’s absolutely insane, if they need to cut anybody their is Sacre and Marshall that should go before Bazemore, so now Mitch is going to pass up on the one’s that were promising last season just to talk to 2-3 players that will never sign with the current Laker team, WAKE UP JIMMYBOY AND MITCH !!!!!

      • Chrmngblly

        Shhhhhh. Don’t wake up Jimbo.

  • jeremy

    so seem like lakers who show talent they let them leave, brown,ariza but he chose to leave, and now maybe bazemore.

    • TheZuluNation

      I think the Lakers wanna sign him long term.

  • dayton

    lakers get 1or 2 star a yr. this yr melo. next love. then kobe off book u get durant.

    2014-2015
    bledsoe
    kobe
    melo
    randle
    okafor

    2015-2016
    bledsoe
    kobe
    melo
    love….s&t randle draft picks
    m. gasol

    2016-2017
    bledsoe
    durant
    melo
    love
    m. gasol

    • jeremy

      how much money you think the lakers have each guy will be 10mill+ and you still need a bench. they will be way over the cap

      • borsalino12

        Kobe’s and Carmelo’s salaries are the same – $ 23.5 millions. Bledsoe is asking for the maximum – $ 13.5 mil. Randle’s salary will be $ 2.4 mil and we can get Okafor for the veteran minimum $ 1.3 mil. That makes the total of $ 64 mil. from 5 players.!!!

        • VillainKing

          I have a question borsalino that new avatar of yours is that your boyfriend??your so gay borsalino!!!heheheh

          • borsalino12

            No WiKi. That is not my boyfriend. That is the guy, who fucks your Vietnamese girlfriend, when you are in front of the computer. He,he,heh !!!

          • VillainKing

            I have no vietnamese girlfriend but I have a matured girlfriend and that is your mother borsalino maybe your boyfriend fuck your mother!!!heheheh

          • borsalino12

            WiKi.
            Can you suck my dicki ? He,he,heh!!!

          • VillainKing

            borsalino your the one going to suck my etra large dick!!!heheheh..

    • BoycottWWE

      And Marc Gasol?????? Dude, your way past wishful thinking into delusional.

    • Derek Clark

      Listen to me loud and clear: KEVIN DURANT WILL NOT BE LEAVING OKLAHOMA CITY ANY TIME SOON AS LONG AS THEY ARE IN CONTENTION. Please.

      • Matt Williams

        They keep getting in contention but they never get far. EVER!!! Something is going to change soon. The Thunder will never win a title.

        • Derek Clark

          KD is not leaving OKC. He’s the franchise player. His brand is there. The only reason OKC hasn’t gotten back to the Finals is INJURIES. The injury to Westbrook in 2013 and this year’s untimely injury to Serge Ibaka gave the Spurs just enough to beat them. It’s a pipe dream at this point. OKC isn’t worried about Durant leaving. Westbrook has a bigger chance of winding up somewhere else.

          • Matt Williams

            So was Lebron to Cleveland. Look how that turned out.

          • Derek Clark

            No, LeBron had garbage teammates and bad ownership. KD has neither. He ain’t leaving.

          • Matt Williams

            All KD has is Westbrook. Maybe Ibaka. Other than that there are nothing but scrubs on that team.

          • Derek Clark

            Still more than Bron had in Cleveland lol … they do have Reggie Jackson and that impressive rookie Steven Adams now. I don’t know how long Caron Butler will be around but they have him too.

      • TheZuluNation

        Westbrook will leave first chance, but I can’t seeing KD leaving. He wouldn’t be able to handle the backlash that he would get from OKC fans and the NBA. He’s too humble.

        • nlruizjr

          I guess it depends on how many times KD can put up with fan and media criticism on his play, I believe it has happened more than once now, there is a limit !!!!

          • TheZuluNation

            That’s true. I think OKC needs to start Reggie Jackson alongside Westbrook and get Steven Adams in that lineup. Perkins needs to be traded or cut.

    • Zimmeredge

      Love, melo and durant wow that is insane defense and insane starting-gâté Line up

    • borsalino12

      I will take as an example your 2014-15 roster. The combine salary of Bledsoe, Bryant. Anthony, Randle and Okafor is $ 64 millions and you still need 10 more players to complete the roster. The salary cap for 2014-15 is expected to be around 62.5 million.How can you write something like this?!?

    • TheZuluNation

      Phoenix just gave Bledsoe a QO and will match any offer given to him. My guess is Lowry will be signed for a 5 year deal and he will ride out the tide as the Lakers starting PG until a bigger name comes up in the future, Love is kinda possible I guess, and I can’t see Marc leaving Memphis. Memphis will probably give him a huge extension pretty soon.

  • cj

    smart move by the lakers. i dont see very many teams going hard after bazemore this off season. this will allow the lakers to bring him back at a vets min deal. will save about 300k in total off of the sal cap.

    • nlruizjr

      I believe the vets min is more than the 1.1mil Bazemore was going to play for this season ???

      • TheZuluNation

        I think the vets minimum is around 1 mil.

        • nlruizjr

          I stand corrected, according to the CBA salary scale, this would be Bazemore’s 3 yr and he falls at $948,163 for 3rd yr. players. thanks.

          • cj

            but only around 800k counts to the cap.

          • TheZuluNation

            Oh, okay cool.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        If they extended the 1.1 offer, he would become restricted. In that case the only way to keep him would be to match the best offer he received from another team. He could easily get a mini-MLE offer from someone (around $3 million). This way, we can negotiate with him without worrying about other offers.

  • Badazztj12

    Guys the reason Lakers don’t want to offer him a contract because he had to have surgery on his foot and we haven’t even got a update on it. We even got a update on henry and he said he would be ready for training camp. Lakers don’t want to take chances on giving out free money. We are gonna need this money for the FA’s

    • nlruizjr

      that could be very possible, I’m just sayin that when you compare offensive points and defensive stops, Bazemore is ion’s ahead of Marshall and/or Sacre. I just hate to lose someone that has more potential than 2 scrub players. IMO.

  • JohnSmith00

    I don’t know what it is with this idiotic remarks that the Lakers have almost no chance to land Carmelo, when in fact they have the highest chance to land him. I think most of these comments stem from the fact that they simply don’t want him here. Feel it would eliminate the chances of landing Love, which it likely would, or believe the nonsense that the media spews out which has the Lakers with the worst chances to land Carmelo. It doesn’t matter though because I’m getting that feeling, that feeling which almost never strays me wrong. Which is why I believe this time next week Carmelo will have agreed to join the Lakers.

    • vdogg

      i hope you’re right!

  • ejavin808

    Why not amnesty Nash if the the main point is to shred that $9M salary? No team would want him already…

    • Zimmeredge

      We can’t use the Amnesty on Nash. It has said over and over and over again. The only way to part ways with Nash is the stretch provision.

      • Chrmngblly

        We could trade the ingrate.

        • Zimmeredge

          Against whom? With whom? Future trade picks? Because we ain’t gonna trade Kobe or randle.

          • Chrmngblly

            Sign and trade Meeks and Nash to Indy for Lance Stephenson (sign and trade also). All these other “dream” trades are never going to happen—and maybe not this one, either.

          • Zimmeredge

            Lebron and melo are on the free market… So you can’t compare Nash situation…
            We have a very good opportunity at signing melo this summer. Not bron. Maybe bosh as well
            Melo<bosh<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<bron in order
            Pacers' bird wońt drop stephenson. Steph loves pacers pacers and bird love him. You can't trade him for our crap. Only way you get him by over playing him as he is a Rfa.

          • Chrmngblly

            wtf? Why do you need to state your simple opinion in such a hard to read fashion? I would think Stephenson would be dear to Larry as well, except for his antics during the playoffs. Maybe he is not that dear, who knows? The point was not to compare Nash’s situation to anyone else’s, but to show how to package his expiring contract. After all, it would not be Nash, himself, that would be attractive to anyone.

          • Zimmeredge

            I don’t Know what happens. My iPad screwed it sorry for that.

    • TheZuluNation

      Unfortunately they used that amnesty on Metta.

  • Derek Clark

    Bazemore is a very terrific and versatile player. Lakers should definitely keep their eyes on him. He’s an athletic combo guard and can play positions 1-3, is long and can play defense, can get to the rim and finish with contact, AND can shoot. What more can you want? SIGN HIM.

    • vdogg

      agreed, it would be fantastic to have him coming off the bench. relax, it could still happen. free agency hasn’t started and we don’t even have a coach as yet.

      • Chrmngblly

        Yes, relax. They have to “renounce” their own free agents in order to get out from under what they call a “cap hold” under the CBA—or for thinking purposes, about 3/4 of their player’s last year’s salary. It just frees up cap space and I am sure they told Bazemore that, too. It tells me they are going all out for somebody. Expect more of the same.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          I don’t know where you got the 3/4 salary cap hold. The cap hold for free agents is the previous salary plus 20% (minimum).

          • Chrmngblly

            I defer to others in all of this. I got it from someone or some article. I am not a lawyer like you, Josh…:-)
            The point we both understand is that there is such a thing.

  • VillainKing

    Lakers must bring back Kent Bazemore to the roster..Lakers will become a much more tougher team with the addition of Randle, Clarkson and of course Kane..Lakers please keep DeAndre Kane he might be the best undrafted player..

    • vdogg

      agreed. kane reminds me of chauncey billups.

    • borsalino12

      Hey WiKi. Here you are again. What happened to your M.Smart? You were 100 % sure he will be a Laker? Did I told you that the Celtics will draft him a month ago? But you never listen. And see what happened. My guy Aaron Gordon was drafted ahead of him. That is because the other teams have very solid scouting teams and they can evaluate better who is good and who is not. Next time when I say something, just listen and learn. It’s for your own good.

      • VillainKing

        Hey borsalino..I thought you are crying and thinking to commit suicide because Gordon is in the other team now? you were 100% sure that Gordon will be a Lakers..heheheh…your missing in action in this site for two days or maybe 3 days..I am totally thinking again that your are dead because you cannot accept what happen in the draft…heheheh

        • borsalino12

          What happened in the draft is that M.Smart was selected from the Celtics, as I already told you many, many times and my boy, A.Gordon was selected ahead of him. Do you have anything to say about this ?
          Remember I told you about my cousin in Boston and that they are going to trade R.Rondo? As always, you did not believe it can happen and now, you are eating your ass that Marcus Smart is gone. Try to listen WiKi and to learn. You have come to this forum very, very unprepared.

          • VillainKing

            No they want Gordon but he is not available for them in 6th…And they will not trade Rondo your cousin is wrong borsalino!!!!

    • nlruizjr

      wow, who is DeAndre Kane and when did the Lakers pick up Kane?
      I’ve been off the computer for several days so I might of missed this.

      • VillainKing

        DeAndre Kane this guy can be the starting pointguard of the Lakers buddy..

    • Chrmngblly

      Oh no, VanillaKling. Now you are for Bazemore? That likely means we won’t be getting him back—just like we didn’t get to draft Marcus Smart, as YOU predicted we would. I told you we wouldn’t get to draft either Gordon or Smart.

      Kane is “not too smart”. He is a loser, like you. I hope he works out for your sake, though. I like Bazemore a lot.

      • VillainKing

        Your the loser one Chrmngay were is your Boyfriend now gordon and Embiid..heheheh..FUCK YOU CHRMNGAY!!!!!

        • Chrmngblly

          Drafted ahead of your boyfriend, Marcus Smart, just like I told you, VanillaKling. I can always predict your future and I predict you will end up in the penitentiary as the girlfriend of some large White Man. You are going to love it. :-)

          • VillainKing

            So you and Gordon now are broke-up..heheheh..Gordon not satisfy in your temporary VAGina..and your the one that I predict to become a girlfriend of a penitentiary White man and mistress of penitentiaty Black man because your a Gay Charmngay!!!hehehehe

          • Chrmngblly

            …if only you had a dick, VanillaKling. All you can do is dream about mine and copy things I say. You are pathetic. I feel sorry for you.

          • VillainKing

            your the one that being pathetic Chrmngay..I feel very sorry for you..In your statement you prove to me that you are totally a GAY..of course I have a Large dick you wanna try it Chrmngay??hehheeh

  • Lakers4Life

    It’s the right move. Get rid of Baze along with Nash/Randle, clear up the roster and ca space so that we can go all in with LeBron and Melo, just as Mitch has stated. I like it!

    • vdogg

      foolish. randle isn’t going anywhere.

    • Matt Williams

      Why is everyone so fixated on Lebron and Melo? Both of them are SF. We would only need one. Really we don’t need either of them.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        They each play SF/PF. And they’ve been primarily PFs the last two seasons. Both players is not a possibility anyway…

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Do NOT get rid of Baze. The dude can flat out play and will be on another bargain contract this year. This move gives about $300k extra in cap space for now. Not sure how much that will matter.

  • EJLEE072006

    Lebron will not go to the west,its WAAAAAYYYY EASIER TO BE IN THE FINALS,THE EASTERN CONFERENCE IS A BUNCH OF CHUWAWA AND THE WEST IS FULL OF PITBULLS why would he jeopardized his legacy..

    • nlruizjr

      Isn’t that his DNA, run when you smell smoke !!!!

  • comrade24

    They didn’t extend him an offer because he refused to give up the #6 jersey for Lebron lol TOTALLY jk Lebron is not coming

  • dayton

    Kobe and melo is a definite. Melo has been wanting to play for Kobe and the lakers since Denver days. Idk who else will b on the squad but melo will b a lakers this season.

  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    Smart move to free up a little extra cap space. I just hope Kent isn’t offended by the move. I really want him to stay in LA, but I could really see him going home to Charlotte…

  • Derek Hanna JR

    Thank goodness! Bazemore is so over hyped. Another gunner that just came in and did whatever he wanted, and drove to the whole without ever looking for his teammates. Even Gasol said so… Good riddance

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