Shortly after Jeremy Lin announced that he will become a Brooklyn Net, David Aldridge tweets that the Nets have strong interest in Kent Bazemore, who also has connections with Kenny Atkinson from his days in Atlanta.
Nets also working hard on Kent Bazemore—another former Atkinson connection, per source. But Rockets’ presentation late Thursday was strong.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 1, 2016
Along with Houston, the Nets might have competition for Bazemore with Minnesota, according to Mike Scotto.
Sources: Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed strong interest in free agent Kent Bazemore.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) July 1, 2016
When the Nets hired Kenny Atkinson, Bazemore (and several others) had nothing but great things to say about him (via Ohm Youngmisuk).
"He always has this good aura and swagger about himself," Bazemore said. "Even just how he walks around, he still stays in shape, he is out here warming up barefoot, doing push-ups. He is just as into it as we are, and he was a point guard and point guards are special. They are the kind of people you don't come by a lot in the game of basketball. As far as how you know they can translate it from the court to off the court and put it into certain words for you so you understand. He is very good at that.
"And his workouts, a lot of ball-handling stuff, a lot of pick-and-roll stuff, which is what you need to survive in this league," Bazemore continued. "If you can't run pick and roll as a wing it is going to be tough for you. He has one of the most integral parts of the offense, pick and roll, down to a T."
Bazemore certainly fits the script of what the Nets are trying to do. He's young and has yet to reach his full potential, but showed signs of brilliance in Atlanta both the offense and defensive end. The issue right now seems to be the competition with Houston and Minnesota.
Meanwhile a surprising yet, interesting rumor popped up that Brooklyn might be interested in Jamal Crawford.
In addition to Dallas and Orlando, Miami, Nets, Philly and GState reached out to Jamal Crawford last night/this morning, sources say— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 1, 2016
Basketball Insiders first reported the Nets interest in Crawford, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.