Hawks' Bazemore sidelined at least two weeks

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A player mentioned often in the NBA rumor mill to be traded will miss at least two weeks.

Guard Kent Bazemore of the Atlanta Hawks will be sidelined because of a sprained right ankle, according to a press release from the team. The release indicates Bazemore will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.

Bazemore is averaging a career-high 14.0 points along with 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.7 steals in 27.4 minutes in 35 games (30 starts) this season, shooting 44.1 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from the 3-point arc and 75.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The 29-year-old Old Dominion product is making $18 million this season and holds a player option for $19.3 million in 2019-20.

Bazemore's reputation as a solid 3-and-D player has made his name popular on the NBA rumor mill. He is a career 36.0 percent shooter from deep.

The Rockets had been rumored to be interested in the fifth-year guard earlier this week.

Despite holding the NBA's fifth-worst record (11-24), the Hawks have won five out of their last six games after an 111-108 conquest of the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.