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2016 NBA Free Agency: Lakers expressed interest in Kent Bazemore, per report

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The Lakers are the latest team to express interest in Hawks free agent Kent Bazemore

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Kent Bazemore is lining himself up for a huge pay day with at least six teams rumored to be interested in making serious offers for his services. One of those teams is reportedly the Los Angeles Lakers according to a report by the L.A. Daily News’ Mark Medina.

The Lakers expressed interest on Thursday in acquiring Atlanta forward Kent Bazemore, according to league sources. But two years after Bazemore became a lost casualty of the Lakers’ heavier priority on star free agents, the Lakers will field stiff competition from other teams interested in his services.

Bazemore met with representatives of the Houston Rockets on Thursday night and has shown interest toward six other teams, including the Hawks, league sources said. After averaging 11.6 points on 44.1 percent shooting and 5.1 rebounds in his second season with Atlanta, Bazemore has become a rising commodity because of his offensive and defensive versatility.

Bazemore reportedly had a meeting with the Rockets shortly after free agency opened but left with no deal in place. ESPN.com’s Zach Lowe reported early Friday morning that the bidding for Bazemore may be in the $19-20 million range per season.

The Hawks also reached out to New York Knicks forward Lance Thomas according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. Atlanta was also reportedly among a handful of teams to contact Cleveland Cavaliers free agent point guard Matthew Dellevedova.