Blazers, Hawks swap Evan Turner and Kent Bazemore in trade, per report

By Jesse Reed
Mark L. Baer, USA Today Sports

The Portland Trail Blazers and Atlanta Hawks have agreed to swap players in a trade that will send Evan Turner to Atlanta and Kent Bazemore to Portland, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

It’s an interesting trade that gives both teams a bit of help where they need it.

For Portland, Bazemore gives them a bit more scoring off the bench and a strong perimeter defender. Last season, he averaged 11.6 points per contest, and over the course of his career Bazemore has averaged one steal and half a block per game.

Turner is a veteran backup guard who wasn’t getting much play with the Blazers and saw his production dip in each of the past four years. However, he can be a key rotational player for an up-and-coming Hawks team that is rebuilding from the ground up.