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Portland Trail Blazers trade Evan Turner to Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore

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Connor Grott
Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Evan Turner. File Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Atlanta Hawks forward Kent Bazemore (24) averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Evan Turner. File Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

June 24 (UPI) -- The Portland Trail Blazers traded Evan Turner to the Atlanta Hawks for Kent Bazemore, the teams announced Monday.

Turner, who was the No. 2 overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2010 NBA Draft, played the last three seasons with the Blazers.

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Bazemore, who was the longest-tenured member of the Hawks before the trade, had spent the last five seasons in Atlanta. The 29-year-old wing player was the third-oldest member of the Hawks behind Vince Carter (42) and Miles Plumlee (30).

"Kent is a two-way wing that adds depth to our perimeter, is an excellent fit with our returning players and will transition seamlessly to our style of play," Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said. "We want to thank Evan for his many contributions to the team. He was a critical player in our run to the Western Conference Finals and he will be missed on and off the court."

Bazemore started 35 of the 67 games in which he played last season. He averaged 11.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

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Turner averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a key reserve with the Trail Blazers. Both players are entering the final year of their respective four-year contracts.

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