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Kent Bazemore to delay free agent meetings until after July 4, per report

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It will be a long weekend for those awaiting a Kent Bazemore contract decision.

NBA: Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore is one of the more interesting free agents on the market this summer, but it appears that NBA teams must wait a bit longer for information on his next contract.

Marc Stein of ESPN brings word that Bazemore will be taking the weekend off when it comes to free agent meetings, and this is an intriguing decision. On one hand, teams could be eager to throw money around in the early hours of the free agent period beginning at 12:01 am ET on July 1. On the flip side, though, no free agent can ink a contract elsewhere until after the NBA’s moratorium ends, and Bazemore could be the recipient of some desperation in the form of an overpay from a team that is left with overflowing salary cap space.

The Hawks are in a tough decision with Bazemore sitting out the first few days of the process, as Atlanta must battle for Al Horford’s next contract while theoretically contemplating life both with and without the star big man. Many have speculated that this decision from Bazemore could be coming as a result of some level of “safety” with a contract offer from the Hawks, but Atlanta could be blown out of the water by another team that is willing to overpay at a later date.

It will be interesting to see how Mike Budenholzer and his staff value Bazemore in terms of actual financial commitment, but Atlanta has publicly stated its desire to retain the soon-to-be 27-year-old wing and that must be taken into account.

Stay tuned.