Bucks, Rockets interested in Hawks’ Bazemore

Kent Bazemore averaged 12.9 points per game in 2017-18.

The Houston Rockets and Milwaukee Bucks have interest in acquiring Atlanta Hawks swingman Kent Bazemore, according to a report from Kelly Iko of Rockets Wire.

The Rockets have been active in the trade market looking to add more wing defenders to the roster after losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

The Bucks recently contacted the Hawks, but initial trade talks didn’t get very far.

Houston is aggressively trying to move veteran forward Ryan Anderson, who is due to make more than $20 million next season and just more than $21 million in 2019-20.

Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk would take back a bad contract such as Anderson’s if the Rockets attached a future draft pick and young player, per the report.

Bazemore is set to make $18 million next season and has a player option worth $19.3 million for 2019-20. He averaged 12.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists this past season, hitting 42.0 percent of his shots overall and 39.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer coached Bazemore in Atlanta and the two have a very strong rapport.