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Warriors hope to re-sign Bazemore, but that's no sure thing

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Bob Myers on Monday was asked what type of veteran players the Warriors would like to sign in free agency.

In the middle of his answer, he mentioned somebody who wore a Golden State uniform this past season.

"[Kent] Bazemore -- hopefully we'll get him back," the Warriors' president of basketball operations told the media.

Over Bazemore's final 19 appearances (17 starts), he averaged 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals over 28.9 minutes per game.

If we assume the Warriors won't dip into the $6 million-ish taxpayer mid-level exception to retain him, the most they can offer the 31-year-old for next season is about $2.8 million.

The sides could agree on a two-year contract which would be worth about $2.9 million in 2022-23.

"A source close to Bazemore [said] that he wants to get a multi-year deal," Micheal Scotto said on The HoopsHype Podcast. "Two years sure, but ideally it would be a long-term three-year deal."

Bazemore back in early December revealed that he received interest from the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and LA Clippers last offseason. But he felt the best decision for him and his family was to return to Golden State on a minimum contract.

"It's not about the money,' he said. "You can't buy happiness. Being back here, I'm the happiest I've been in a very long time. You just can't beat that.

 

"You look at what makes sense, quality of life. It's just not about me anymore. I have a family now -- two great kids, an amazing wife. You gotta think about everything.

"Coming back here -- any time I would think about it, I would daydream about it. Any time I mentioned Golden State, I would kind of get this warm feeling inside. I chose to follow that."

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There's a chance the nine-year veteran faces similar circumstances this offseason, and decides to re-sign with the Warriors. Perhaps he will prioritize remaining teammates with Steph Curry and wants to try to compete for a championship in a Dubs uniform.

But there's also a distinct possibility he gets a bigger payday elsewhere and chooses that route instead. And you can't blame him whatsoever if this comes to fruition.

Bazemore also will want to see what happens with the Warriors roster (as well as other contenders) so he has a better sense of what his role will be moving forward.

We will put a bookmark in this conversation for now, as free agency still is over two months away.

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