Monday, April 14, 2014
Kent Bazemore schedules right-foot surgery
By Dave McMenamin
SALT LAKE CITY -- After visiting with foot specialist Dr. Kenneth Hunt of Stanford University on Monday, it was determined Los Angeles Lakers guard Kent Bazemore will require surgery on the torn tendon in his right foot, according to a team spokesman.
Bazemore, who is not with the Lakers on their final two-game road trip, will undergo the surgery on Wednesday at Stanford University Medical Center.
Surgery is slated Wednesday to correct the torn tendon in Kent Bazemore's right foot. He should be fully recovered by June.
The second-year veteran is expected to be fully recovered from the surgery by June, according to a league source.
Bazemore has missed the Lakers' past four games after falling to the floor in the second quarter of a 120-97 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, saying after the game that he "felt a pop" in his right foot.
The 6-foot-5, 201-pound swingman classified it as an "overuse injury."
Bazemore averaged 28 minutes per game in 23 appearances with the Lakers after being acquired from the Golden State Warriors at the trade deadline in a deal for Steve Blake. He had been playing only 6.1 minutes per game with Golden State.
He made the most of his opportunity with the Lakers, averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals.
Bazemore is set to become a free agent this summer, however the Lakers can make him a restricted free agent by extending a $1.1 million qualifying offer.
Bazemore is one of four Lakers players -- along with Kobe Bryant (left knee), Pau Gasol (vertigo) and Xavier Henry (left wrist and right knee) -- to have his season prematurely shut down because of injuries.
That number could rise to six as Steve Nash (hamstring) missed his third straight game Monday and Chris Kaman (right calf strain) missed his seventh straight game.
"Not tonight, but we still got one more," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said of Nash and Kaman's availability before the Lakers' game against the Utah Jazz on Monday. "I doubt it. I would say I don’t think so."