Free agent shooting guard Kent Bazemore reportedly agreed to a 2-year, $4 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks in mid-July, but until Tuesday afternoon, silence was the word as to an official announcement of the signing. However, the Hawks formally announced the signing in a release, and head coach (and interim general manager) Mike Budenholzer had this to say about the acquisition:
"Kent's competitiveness and versatility make him a great addition to our group," Budenholzer said. "He can impact the game in a lot of ways, especially defensively guarding multiple positions. Kent's work ethic and enthusiasm for the game make him a great teammate and great fit with the Hawks."
The 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists during the 2013-2014 season, while splitting his time between the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers. Bazemore is generally regarded as an "upside" signing for the team, given his high ceiling on the defensive end combined with athleticism and skill offensively, but it will be interesting to see how the rotation shakes up with the addition of Thabo Sefolosha and the starting duo of DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver.
Welcome to Atlanta, Mr. Bazemore.