If the Lakers want to retain the services of Kent Bazemore, they may need to hurry.
According to Marc J. Spears from Yahoo Sports, the Utah Jazz have entered preliminary contract talks with Bazemore, who is an unrestricted free agent.
The Lakers still have have interest in re-signing Bazemore, though they may not be ready to agree to a deal with the 25-year-old seeing as they will want to keep as much cap space open as possible over the coming days.
The whole reason the Lakers decided not to extend a qualifying offer to Bazemore, which would have made him a restricted free agent, was to avoid the subsequent $3 million cap hold that would have potentially limited their spending power this summer.
If Bazemore is willing to wait a few more days for the dust to settle around the Melo and LeBron James situations, he may well find himself receiving a nice offer from the purple and gold, though the Old Dominion product appears to be in high demand and may just want to lock up his first big pay day as soon as possible.
According to Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders, the Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks are also interested in signing Bazemore, who averaged 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 23 games for the Lakers last season.