Bazemore seems to be on the Cavaliers' radar. David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cavaliers have inquired into the availability of the Hawks’ Kent Bazemore, NBA.com’s David Aldridge reports in his weekly Morning Tip column. League sources informed Aldridge of Cleveland’s interest in the 28-year-old shooting guard, who is averaging 12.6 PPG and 4.3 RPG as well as career highs in assists (3.7) and steals (1.8) this season.

Swapping Bazemore, the team’s highest-paid player, would make plenty of sense for the rebuilding Hawks. He’s making $16.9M this season and $18.1M next season. He also holds a player option of $19.3M for the 2019/20 season.

Bazemore isn’t a lockdown wing, according to Aldridge, though he has posted positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus ratings for four consecutive seasons, according to Basketball Reference. He’s also an above-average 3-point shooter, connecting on a career-high 37.6% this season and 35.4% for his career.

The question then becomes what kind of package the Cavs could piece together to interest the Hawks. Channing Frye‘s expiring $7.4M contract would be the best asset from a salary standpoint that they could dangle. Atlanta reportedly wants expiring contracts and a first-rounder for Bazemore. The Pistons and Pelicans are two other teams that have been linked to Bazemore.

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This article first appeared on Hoops Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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