Bazemore agreed to a four-year, $70 million deal with the Hawks on Friday, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports. One of the sneakily more prized free agents in this year's class, Bazemore was so prized by the Hawks that they were willing to sign him and Dwight Howard instead of re-signing Al Horford, who will now head elsewhere. He will start on the wing for the Hawks next season alongside Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap, and should be a solid all-around contributor, especially on the defensive side. Bazemore has a player option on the fourth year of the deal, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania.
Bazemore filled the stat sheet with 16 points (6-14 FG, 1-2 FT, 3-10 3Pt), 14 rebounds, four assists and to steals in 36 minutes during Monday's series-opener versus the Cavs. The swingman played well versus Boston in the first round, but he took his game to a new level Monday, notching his first double-double of the postseason. Bazemore should receive all the minutes he can handle in this series as a primary defensive option versus LeBron James, and he is more than capable of producing across the board in expanded playing time.
Bazemore contributed 15 points (6-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two blocks over 32 minutes in Thursday's 104-92 series-clinching victory over the Celtics. Although he was listed on the injury report with a probable designation due to a knee injury for most of the series, Bazemore took the court in each game and hit double-digit scoring in four of six games. He also drained multiple threes in three contests, and was particularly proficient on the glass in Games 1-4. The four-year pro averaged 8.25 rebounds over that span, and generally provided valuable contributions across the stat sheet throughout all six games. The 26-year-old will need to step up his game even more in the second round, when Bazemore figures to draw a heavy dose of LeBron James on both ends of the floor.
Bazemore (knee) scored 16 points (6-14 FG, 4-9 3Pt) to go with five rebounds and one block in 23 minutes during the Hawks' 110-83 win over the Celtics on Tuesday. Bazemore was cleared from the Hawks' injury report prior to Game 5, and he certainly looked spry. Bazemore did see his fewest minutes of the series, but he was not needed beyond what he played since it was such a blowout. Assuming that Boston puts up a better fight at home in Game 6, expect Bazemore to receive more time as the Hawks look to close out the Celtics on the road.
Bazemore (knee) has been cleared from Tuesday's injury report and will play in Game 5 against the Celtics, Chris Vivlamore of the Journal-Constitution reports. As expected Bazemore will be available to start for the Hawks as he's officially been cleared from any injury designation. Expect Bazemore to continue seeing plenty of playing time throughout the series as the Hawks are a bit thin at wing.
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