BREAKING: Portland Acquires Kent Bazemore; Trades Evan Turner To Atlanta

Bazemore has spent the last five seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and now will look to help Portland push for the NBA Finals

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The Portland Trail Blazers are sending Evan Turner to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Kent Bazemore according to ESPN.

The deal has no financial implications as both are entering the final years of their contracts.

Portland is clearly looking to upgrade their roster and make a push in the Western Conference with the Golden State Warriors taking a step back due to the injury of Klay Thompson as well as the injury and pending free agency of Kevin Durant.

Bazemore has spent the last five seasons in Atlanta and has been a solid defender and also shown the ability to provide on the offensive end as well. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and one steal per game in 67 games played (35 starts).

Turner has never lived up to the hype that came with being the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has played for Philadelphia, Indiana, Boston, and Portland throughout his nine-year career.

This past season, Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 73 games played.

This deal is good for both sides. Portland upgrades defensively and adds more of a scoring threat in Bazemore who is a 35% three-point shooter over the past five seasons.

Atlanta gets a solid locker room guy in Turner who will provide leadership to the young nucleus that the Hawks organization is building around Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, DeAndre Hunter and Cam Reddish.

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