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Lakers Deal Steve Blake to Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore

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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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Warriors Acquire Crawford in Three-Team Deal With Celtics, Heat

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Though there hasn’t been any games played yet on Wednesday, the NBA world is already busy. The Golden State Warriors have acquired guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics in a deal that sends Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat and Joel Anthony to Boston.

The Warriors have been looking to add depth at the guard position to take some of the pressure off Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and it seems as though they have accomplished their goal with Crawford and Brooks.

Crawford is having his best season as a professional basketball player, averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists while starting 35 games this season. The 25-year-old had become expendable due to the expected return of All-Star Rajon Rondo.

Douglas, who was averaging 3.7 points on 37.2 percent shooting, and less than an assist per game with the Warriors was not getting the job done.

The Celtics are clearly in tank mode after dealing their third-leading scorer for Joel Anthony, a big-man who could commonly be found at the end of Miami’s bench. In 12 games with the Heat, the 31-year-old was averaging 0.5 points and 0.6 rebounds in just over three minutes per game. Boston, however, did also receive a pair of draft-picks, something certainly key to its future. One of those, originally from the Philadelphia 76ers is lottery-protected; if the Sixers do not make the playoffs this season or next, it turns into two second-round picks.

The two-time defend champion Heat not only add guard depth with the addition of Douglas, but save an upwards of $10 million in salary and luxury tax. This could be essential to the team’s future of keeping its stars, such as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.

The Warriors were already good – expect them to now be better, while Boston is preparing for the team’s future and the Heat are, well, still the Heat – just with some more money in their back pockets.

 

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Trade information via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports

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NBA Prospect Watch: 2/14 – 2/20

While we still have a ways to go on the 2010-2011 NBA season, but as for the NCAA, we’re only a few weeks away from March Madness. And you know what that means. Certain players will start to set themselves apart from the crowd in hopes of leading their team to a national championship…..and garnering some attention from scouts throughout the NBA.

So let’s take a look at the games you need to be watching in college basketball this week:

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14

West Virginia at #20 Syracuse, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN
Who to Watch: Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson (Syracuse)

#1 Kansas at Kansas State, 9:00 PM ET – ESPN
Who to Watch: Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris (Kansas) Continue Reading