Kent Bazemore had his best years with the Atlanta Hawks where he played for five seasons. However, his last credible performance was during the 2019-20 season with the Sacramento Kings.

Will a return to Sacramento help rekindle his old flame? Possibly.

The 33-year-old swingman has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Kings, the same team where he last put up decent numbers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported citing sources.

When Bazemore last suited up for the Kings, he normed 10.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 25 games coming off the bench.

He took his act to the Golden State Warriors, a place where he put on a decent showing. This led him to sign with the souped-up Los Angeles Lakers last season where he could have been a 3-and-D player.

Unfortunately, things did not pan out for the native of North Carolina and he ended up spending more time on the bench than on the floor.

Given his performance with the Warriors, some even projected Bazemore to crack the starting lineup. But his poor play was noticeable on both ends of the court while wearing the purple and gold.

After starting in one contest with the Lakers in December, his stock dipped immensely. His action on the floor was seemingly absent with former Lakers coach Frank Vogel opting to freeze him due to his ineffectiveness.

However, all is not lost for the 6-foot-4 cager who also had stints with the Portland Trail Blazers during the 2019-20 season. His best year was with the Hawks during the 2017-18 season where he averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 65 starts.

With the Kings rebuilding, a one-year lease could help Bazemore show that he is not yet washed up. But all that will depend on the assessment of head coach Mike Brown who will determine if the 2011 Lefty Driesell Award winner can deliver a better performance in Sacramento.

Kent Bazemore #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Kent Bazemore #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers Getty Images | Michael Owens

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