Tuesday afternoon Alex Kennedy of BasketballInsiders.com, David Pick of Eurobasket.com, and Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops.com, reported small forward free agent Kent Bazemore had received interest from the San Antonio Spurs, as well as other teams around the league.
Now, according to Mark Medina of Inside the Lakers, Bazemore is scheduled to meet with the Spurs and Boston Celtics next week.
Lakers reserve forward Kent Bazemore plans to have meetings next week with the San Antonio Spurs (Tuesday) and the Boston Celtics (Wednesday) about possibly joining their team, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Medina notes that while other teams have interest, the Spurs and Celtics are the two Bazemore will meet with in person. One interesting note from Medina, is that the Bazemore isn’t necessarily focused on the contract, but instead a consistent role with a team.
Bazemore is more interested in joining a team where he can have the largest role and is less concerned about the cost and length of any potential deal.
With the Spurs already having 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard cemented in the small forward role, there could be a spot for a backup in reserve minutes. However, when Gregg Popovich is the head coach, consistent minutes aren’t always something that are guaranteed to role players coming off the bench.
Bazemore spent the 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, after he was traded from the Golden State Warriors, where he averaged 6.0 points per game.
Spurs’ Interest in Troy Daniels
According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, the Spurs are also one of several teams with interest in Houston Rockets restricted free agent Troy Daniels.
RFA Troy Daniels has suitors, including Mavs, Spurs, Grizzlies, Pelicans, league sources tell RealGM. Rockets want to re-sign playoff hero.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2014
If you recall from the playoffs, Daniels came off the bench for the Rockets with 17 points in one game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Daniels is a 6’4″ guard who only played five regular season games with the Rockets, but when Rockets head coach Kevin McHale called his number in the playoffs, he averaged 7.8 points, while shooting 53% from 3-point range.
With Daniels being a restricted free agent, the qualifying offer the Rockets have tendered to him is worth $1,016,482. Any team can sign him to an offer sheet right now, but the Rockets would have three days to match the deal.
With Daniels’ name popping up and his main attribute being his shooting from the outside, it’s starting to seem like the Spurs are preparing for a backup plan in the event unrestricted free agent guard Patty Mills doesn’t re-sign.
In the opening day of free agency, the Spurs have been linked to three guards (Shaun Livingston, Sebastian Telfair, Daniels), a small forward (Bazemore), and a power forward (Rashard Lewis). There’s also a report that the Blazers will pursue Boris Diaw.
(Paul Garcia contributed this post.)