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Rockets Reportedly Have Competition In Trade For Popular Former Warriors Player

A general view of the Atlanta Hawks court.

Kent Bazemore was a member of the Golden State Warriors right before the team turned into a powerhouse. He's known as a veteran locker room presence and was even instrumental in Steph Curry becoming the face of Under Armour.

After leaving the Warriors, he was briefly a Los Angeles Laker, and has been with the Atlanta Hawks since 2014. There, he has developed into a very solid wing defender, and last season, shot just under 40-percent from three-point range.

"Three-and-D" wings are a valuable commodity, and while Bazemore reportedly likes living in Atlanta, he could be a valuable trade piece. In late July, USA Today's Kelly Iko, who writes for the site's RocketsWire vertical, reported that the NBA Finals contender could look to acquire him in an effort to replace the production lost by Trevor Ariza.

Houston is still active on trade fronts, perusing the market for a wing defender, and remains interested in Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks—according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

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Hawks GM Travis Schlenk wants assets, will always listen to offers, and would take back a contract such as Ryan Anderson’s but would require it be attached with a draft pick and/or a young player.

Houston has been engaging teams looking for someone to take Anderson’s contract for months, and currently has its 2019 first-round pick. A package of Anderson, Onuaku and a 2019 first checks out, but Atlanta doesn’t view Onuaku as a “move-the-needle” type prospect.

Others have echoed similar things since Iko's report.

Now, it looks like the Rockets could have competition for a Kent Bazemore trade: the Milwaukee Bucks.

Iko is once again the one reporting on the potential Bazemore move:

The Melton cited in the tweets is 2018 second-round pick De'Anthony Melton, who Houston took No. 46 overall out of USC.

However it happens, it sounds like the Rockets are desperate to add another wing, even with Carmelo Anthony set to sign with the team in the coming days. JR Smith has even been floated as a possibility.