2. The Los Angeles Lakers signing Kent Bazemore
There obviously is not as much risk in the Los Angeles Lakers signing Kent Bazemore as there is signing Russell Westbrook. There also is not the multi-year impact of signing Bazemore like there is with the team letting Alex Caruso walk. It was a one-year deal that isn’t a huge deal in the grand scheme of things.
That being said, it was a mistake back in August and that has absolutely been evident thus far this season. Heck, there is a pretty good chance that Bazemore does not even finish the season with the Lakers.
Bazemore was coming off of a great year with the Golden State Warriors and was given a big role in the Lakers rotation at the beginning of the season. Multiple rotation players were dealing with injuries and Bazemore seemed like a logical fit with his defense and three-point shooting.
Bazemore has been one of the worst players in the league and slowly saw his role with the team be reduced. At the time of writing this, Bazemore has been completely removed from the rotation barring garbage time minutes.
It isn’t a big mistake and it isn’t one that is going to ruin the Los Angeles Lakers season. It was apparent back then that Bazemore was going to be the minimum signing that disappointed the most and that has absolutely been true thus far.