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The Portland Trail Blazers have acquired wing Kent Bazemore from the Atlanta Hawks for wing Evan Turner, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“Cap neutral deal for Blazers and Hawks,” Wojnarowski reported. “Portland acquires a wing in Bazemore who’ll provide an insurance policy on free agent Rodney Hood. Hood’s market value exceeds Portland’s ability to keep him using the taxpayer MLE.”
Bazemore, 29, averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 67 games with the Hawks this past season.
Turner, 30, averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 boards and 3.9 assists for the Blazers, who advanced to the Western Conference final before falling to the Golden State Warriors.
“Turner and Bazemore signed nearly identical four-year, $70MM contracts during the summer of 2016, so both players will be on expiring deals during the 2019/20 season,” Luke Adams of HoopsRumors explained. “Since Bazemore’s contract was a little more backloaded, he’ll be slightly more expensive next season, earning a salary of $19.27MM compared to Turner’s $18.61MM.”