NBA free agency is almost 48 hours old, and the Philadelphia 76ers have yet to make a single signing. In fact, by waiving shooting guard James Anderson, they are minus-1 on players under contract since Tuesday morning.
They have, however, been linked to several names, and the most recent report is that General Manager Sam Hinkie has expressed interest in free agent shooting guard Kent Bazemore, according to Basketball Insiders.
Bazemore, 25, is an interesting target for several reasons, but most importantly because he would cost much less than alternative young 2-guard options like Lance Stephenson. Los Angeles did not extend him a qualifying offer, which figured to be in the price range of 1 year and $1.1 million; it is likely Bazemore will end up getting, and this is just a guess based on comparable talent, around 2-3 years at $2-3 million per year, but that price could be inflated by the lack of enticing young guard prospects available this year.
A former undrafted free agent, Bazemore took a huge step forward with the Lakers last year after being traded from Golden State. In 23 games for LA, 15 of which he started, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game while shooting an impressive 37% from beyond the arc.
If Hinkie can lock him up long-term for relatively cheap, Bazemore could be a great piece to develop alongside Michael Carter-Williams in the backcourt. If he can replicate his LA days, Bazemore would provide great explosiveness off the dribble and a solid shooting touch, giving MCW more space and options to work with.