The Atlanta Hawks made a significant splash when the team agreed to a three-year contract with Dwight Howard on Friday afternoon. Now, it appears that Howard will be teaming with Kent Bazemore for the next few seasons.
Hawks have reached a deal with Kent Bazemore, 4 years/70 millions according to sources— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 2, 2016
Free agent guard Kent Bazemore has agreed to a four-year, $70M deal to re-sign with Atlanta, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2016
Multiple reports now indicate that Bazemore will sign a four-year, $70 million contract to remain with the Hawks, and Shams Charania of The Vertical brings word that the final year of that pact will be a player option.
Bazemore will have a player option on the fourth season of his deal to return to Atlanta, sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2016
Bazemore, who turned 27 on the day of this agreement, has reportedly been courted by a number of teams, but in the end, the talented swingman will stay put with the organization that greatly aided in his development over the past two seasons. With Howard and Bazemore on board, the Hawks will (very) likely wave goodbye to Al Horford, as the team would appear to be maxed out in terms of salary cap space by agreeing to this contract using salary cap space.
Stay tuned for all the latest, but we could be seeing a changing of the guard for the Atlanta Hawks.