The Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors executed Wednesday’s second trade, just one day prior to the trade deadline. The Lakers dealt guard Steve Blake to the Warriors in exchange for guards MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Warriors had been searching for a backup point guard and have found their man in Steve Blake. At 33 years of age, the thirteen-year player brings veteran leadership to a young squad that is trying to move up into the upper echelon of the Western Conference. In 27 games this season, Blake is averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals in just over 33 minutes per contest.
This is a low-risk, medium-reward deal for the Lakers. Guards Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar are healthy and have been playing quality basketball, allowing Blake to become expendable. If both Brooks and Bazemore turn into functional role players, Los Angeles would be satisfied with the move; and if not, both are in their final years of contracts and can move into free agency this summer.
Brooks, 25, will suit up for his fourth new team in less than one year. He was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Boston Celtics in July, before getting dealt to the Warriors in January finally, to the Lakers on Wednesday. After a productive four-year career at Providence College, Brooks has yet to find his place in the league. In 146 career games, the former No. 25 overall pick is averaging 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Bazemore, 24, is a second-year player out of Old Dominion, who went undrafted. He is averaging 2.1 points in 6.1 minutes, appearing in 44 games this season. The 6’5″ guard is better-known for his athleticism and play in the Las Vegas Summer League than his game on the NBA courts.
The Warriors are looking forward to the addition of Blake:
“The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” Warriors GM Bob Myers said in a statement. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball. On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers.”
The trade deadline comes to a close at 3:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to continue to check back with Saving The Skyhook for all the latest trade rumors and news – we expect things to just be getting started.
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