Rockets likely to offer Ryan Anderson, 1st round pick for Hawks’ Kent Bazemore
Training camp is fast approaching and the Houston Rockets are looking to make more moves before they fully lock in their roster. In the latest rumor, the Rockets are planning to offer Ryan Anderson and a first round pick for wingman Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks.
Zach Lowe on the Houston #Rockets (1/3) – “I do think they’ll get a wing. Kent Bazemore was rumored today. I think the package would be Ryan Anderson and their first round pick. He has 2 years at about 21 a pop left and Bazemore has 2 years at like 18 or 19…” #Hawks
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 1, 2018
Bazemore is tagged as a 3-and-D player — someone that fits perfectly with the D’Antoni system. Last season with the Hawks, Bazemore logged in 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He also drained close to two 3-pointers nightly on a decent 39.4 percent shooting. This 28-year-old is set to make $18 million this season with a player option for $19.3 million next season.
Anderson, meanwhile, has not been utilized as he was before with the Rockets. Last season, he averaged 9.3 points in 26.1 minutes of play per contest. This is a drop from his 13.6-point average the season prior to that. Also, in the playoffs, Anderson, 30, suited up for just 11 games, logging in 8.6 minutes on average. He has two years left in his contract worth $41.6 million.
Given the statistics and their respective contracts, it seems that the Rockets need to arrange a more attractive package. Bazemore was one of the team’s top performers in the Hawks’ forgettable season last year. Anderson along with a first-round pick won’t be enough to seal the deal.
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