Thursday July 14th, 2016

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Dwight Howard was not the only player to get emotional during the Atlanta Hawks press conference on Wednesday. 

Kent Bazemore signed a four-year, $70 million contract to return to the Hawks, and appears to be very happy with that decision. 

“I couldn’t choose a better place to be,” Bazemore said, “I said I wouldn’t get emotional, but I just love it here. People just embrace me and it just feels like home.”

“It just made sense. Why walk away from something so perfect?” he added.

Bazemore, 27, signed with the Golden State Warriors as an undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion University in 2012. He spent the past two seasons with the Hawks, averaging 8.4 points, four rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

The Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly offered Bazemore deals worth $72 million over four years, but he turned down those offers in order to return to the Hawks.

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