The Lakers are losing another player to free agency.
Guard Kent Bazemore, acquired by the Lakers before the February trade deadline for point guard Steve Blake, will sign a two-year, $4-million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, according to his agent Austin Walton.
The Lakers held Bazemore's "Early Bird" rights, which would have enabled them to pay him up to $5.6 million even after using their cap room this summer. The team also could have made Bazemore a restricted free agent in June with a $1.1-million qualifying offer, but chose to let him go unrestricted.
In 23 games for the Lakers, Bazemore averaged 13.1 points and 3.1 assists, shooting 45.1% from the field. His season ended a few weeks early after he tore a tendon in his right foot, an injury that required surgery in April.
Keeping Bazemore would not have taken a major financial commitment, but the Lakers weren't ready to lock in a deal Friday. The Hawks came through with a concrete offer to pluck the 25-year old from the Lakers' roster.
It was a busy Friday for the Lakers, who agreed to acquire Jeremy Lin and a first-round pick in trade from the Houston Rockets. The team also made deals to re-sign Nick Young and Jordan Hill.
Besides Bazemore, the team has lost Jodie Meeks (Detroit Pistons), Jordan Farmar (Clippers) and Chris Kaman (Portland Trail Blazers) to free agency.