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Steve Blake agrees to four-year deal with the Lakers

Jul 2, 2010, 6:49 PM EST

sblake.jpgThe Lakers were looking for a new point guard, one who could knock down the three, play a little defense, and just be smart.

They have found their man in Steve Blake.

John Canzano of the Oregonian was first in reporting that Steve Blake had agreed a four-year deal with the Lakers (any deal cannot be signed until July 8). Other reports have confirmed it as four years at $4 million a year. Blake was one of the first people the Lakers reached out to this free agent period.

The Lakers three point guard from the last two seasons — Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown — all became free agents this summer. The Lakers were looking to bring in someone new.

Blake — who played his games last year at Staples for the Los Angeles Clippers — is a good fit as a triangle point guard. He shot 43 percent from three last year and isn’t a point guard who needs to have the ball in his hands. In fact, you don’t want it in his hands a lot as he can turn the ball over a lot. But Blake is a system guy who tends to make good decisions with the ball. He’s also not a great defender, but is better than Fisher at this point.

The Lakers and Fisher are far apart on a deal right now, and if Blake is in the fold the Lakers are less likely to up their offer. He has reportedly started talking to the Heat and Cavaliers.

  1. berni swanson - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    mitch – wrong decision on blake – save fisher and farmar -he will
    dirupt the kobe momentum – threepeat with same only get rid of
    mbenga,morrison,powell and walton –maybe sasha – keep everyone
    else – bringing in blake only destroys the guard position – and forces one out – terrible decision ——-

  2. da real - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Blake is better than anything we got. If you watched the season, you knew we had the worst guards (except Kobe) of any team in the entire league. Farmar plays no D, doesn’t want to run the triangle, and still thinks he should start. Shannon can only jump and finish a tad. He plays no D and is not a good decision maker. Fisher stepped it up in the playoffs but got burnt nightly during the season. The entire defense of the Lakers was built to shore up Fishers weaknesses.
    The Lakers won a title with the weakest team to do so in quite some time. That says a ton about Kobe Bryant. There were no great teams this year. The Lakers were simply as good as they needed to be. Eventually, they are going to have to be a great team to keep winning these finals. It’s time to start moving some pieces, including Lamar’s punk ass.

  3. Jimsjam33 - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Steve Blake is the perfect point guard for the Laker system . Over the course of an 82 game season Blake will be consistant and exactly what the triangle system calls for . He has a good outside shot and is quicker to the basket than either Fisher or Farmer .
    Fisher showed us than 14 years in the league has slowed him up a step or two on defense and no longer can compete with Westbrook , Paul , Nash , Rondo , Collison , and the pt’s under 26 .
    Blake can play defense and he is a smart field general .
    This addition to the Lakers roster is huge . Fisher or Brown as the backup and Farmer is gone .
    He is the perfect set-up for Kobe . I’m sure this was a Phil Jackson decision and I am very happy the Lakers decided to upgrade at this position . Blake , Byrant , Artest , Gasol , and Bynum ( or Odom ) spell a three peat .

  4. James Garay - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    Disagree with Berbi Swanson on Steve Blake.Good move to address a well needed point guard that can play against the fast guards in the league. Blake will play well with Kobe and the triangle. His high percentage 3 pointers will be better then Farmar inconsistancy, or did you forget.
    I agree with getting rid of Mbenga, Morrison,Powell for sure, and Walton. Now let try and get Mike Miller.
    James Garay
    Trabuco Canyon

  5. NRESQ - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Dude, you got no clue. Whining about bringing everyone back is a recipe for losing! Walton and Sasha are signed, so they are coming back unless traded. If you understood the NBA you’d know that. Fisher is pricing himself off the team; he’ll have to accept a 1 year deal at about $2.5M or he’s gone. Brown would be a much better back up at the point, but he wants extra years and more $$$ than Lakers have available. So Blake is the best option to start, and now they just need to find a young (i.e. cheap) back up point. With no cap room and a ton of tax to pay, Lakers’ options are very limited. Still have the best core group in the game, though.

  6. James Garay - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with Jimjam33
    James G

  7. Hard Reading - Jul 2, 2010 at 8:48 PM

    Sorry, but what is with all the spelling errors in this article? Did the editors go out early for the long weekend?
    Thanks for reporting the news – been trying to track down updates on the Lakers all day.

  8. Ian - Jul 2, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about. Farmar is horrible, in fact all our bench guards are terrible. Steve Blake is much better than any guard on the bench.

  9. JOE - Jul 2, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    If Fisher leaves…He is the only one of the guards that gets the double teams, but defenses forget and he is the only one to make them pay.

  10. Travis - Jul 2, 2010 at 10:44 PM

    Why is everyone sleeping on D-Fish. D-Fish must stay. Save him for the playoffs. Let Steve Blake get most of the time and keep Shannon Brown. Remember, after Ray Allen had that Game 2, D-Fish bust through screens and played hellava defense the rest of the series on Ray Allen. Then he had that Game 3 fourth quarter.
    Mark my words, D-Fish will be there, NO DOUBT!

  11. w8n4dasun - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:00 PM

    Blake is a Great Pick Up for the Lakers to replace Farmar; however Derek Fisher needs to be signed as well. Fisher is the man when you need him to be and when it counts the most. He does enough during the season and I can definitely live with his performances and lack of consistency so long as he is solid in the FINALS. Lets be real no guard in the NBA can lock up another quick guard it is impossible 100% of the time so the notion that Fisher needs his team to help him on D … DUH!!! CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!!(berni swanson) but that goes for every team in the NBA playing against Westbrook – Thunder, Brooks- Rockets, Nash – Suns etc etc. If you played any type of basketball what so ever you would know that help defense is monumental to winning -PERIOD!!!!!! Of course you have to rely on help defense thats what wins championships hello?????????????????????????????????? Thats why we have 2 7 footers in the paint.

  12. Eric of Melbourne - Jul 2, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Well said, da real!
    And, I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but do the Lakers really need Walton for anything?
    The Lakers REALLY need a guy who can deliver the 3 pointer – Artest is not that guy, night in, night out. Hopefully Steve Blake can fill that need.

  13. Anonymous - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:01 AM

    I HAVE NO IDEA WHO STEVE BALKE IS BUT, THE LAKERS NEED TO UNLOAD ALL OF THERE BENCH PLAYERS EXCEPT D.FISHER. WHO ABOUT AMARE’ STOUDMARE FOR MUCH MORE DEFENSE IN THE PAINT.

  14. JOEBTHUNDER - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:04 AM

    O.K. THE LAKERS GET A MUCH NEEDED NEW POINT GUARD. WITH OUT FISHER, (4TH QUARTER GAME 3)THE LAKERS WOULD HAVE LOST THE FINALS IN 5 GAMES, NO THANKS TO KOBES EXCESSIVE SHOOTING AND POOR BALL HANDLING, (MVP BY MASSIVE SHOOTING AND PADDING HIS STATS WHEN GAMES HAVE BEEN ALLREADY DECIDED) LEBRON IS AS GOOD OR BETTER FOR HIS AGE.

  15. Tax Lawyer - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:06 AM

    I know all about Steve Blake, being a Maryland Terrapin fan and watching him in college. He will fit in perfectly here. About the most unselfish player you will ever see in the NBA, he will make everyone around him better, by distributing the ball to where it is needed, and hitting the open 3 when his defenders slough off. Still, he may be a defensive liability against bigger, quicker point guards. Chris Paul will eat him alive, but Chris Paul will eat a lot of defenders alive, so Blake is no different.
    A good addition to the Lakers, who I hate by the way, but not as strongly as Duke. Blake, although not flashy, will make any team he plays for better–look at how he led the Terps to the NCAA championship without a single NBA player on the roster. Juan Dixon and Lonnie Baxter couldn’t make it in the NBA, but they were the best in college basketball at their time. Blake made them appear to be better players than they really were.

  16. Mke mars - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    You need an influx of energy that Blake brings. In a perfect world they find a way to bring Mike Miller on board. But without the mid level exception that is a pipe dream unless they can sell Farmar on a sign and trade to DC for Miller, unlikely. Washington won’t be motivated to pick up Sasha and Powell via sign and trade, could kick in a first round pick too. Need to keep Fish, else your down to one experienced PG. Hears on the grapevine that TMac was pushing to join the Lakers. He can sign for the little left on the mid level exception for 1 year, come off the bench as a point. He played the point in Toronto way back. Gives you flexibility at a low price. He may want that ring more than the cash. He could be a free agent next year after proving his worth to the league as a solid backup. Any way the 2 second round picks are solid an Ariza look alike in many ways with a solid outside shot and great athleticism and Caracater gives you a Glenn Davis look alike. Both bring energy and a confusion mix. I hope Jackson uses teem for more than practice targets. Either way they’ll benefit greatly from guarding the starting five on a daily basis.

  17. Wytemamba - Jul 3, 2010 at 12:36 AM

    This is gonna give Sasha alot of time at the point . Jordy it was fun but you need to go be a starter somewhere you deserve it. I would love to see us sign fish , alot of people think we would not have won without fish but the truth is we would have got a pg in the last 3 yrs that would have hit the WIDE OPEN 3’s kobes double team provided which Blake will do and Sasha WILL have a brake out year . Fish just take a 2 year 5 mill. deal if you want to retire a laker . Truth is the lakers just find a way to win if it’s horry with a 3 or artest or gasol with a last second put back . One thing is for sure with blake our horrid fast break will be much improved , fish and his pull up J on a break hated that p.s give shansizzle a 4 year 12 mill. Deal

  18. CyberCosmiX - Jul 3, 2010 at 1:04 AM

    da real is correct, the Lakers guards were definitely a weak point last year (except for that one guard wearing a #24 on the back of his jersey). Let’s face it, Fisher was very valuable in the playoffs, game 3 of the Finals he definitely helped the Lakers out and saved their skins – yet again. But he’s 35 and the Lakers are FAR over the salary cap. The simply can’t give him a 2 yr deal for $10-mill, which means they would pay him $20-mill for the contract because of the dollar-per-dollar luxury tax for being over the cap.
    Fish, at 35 you still can play some good minutes as a role player, but now that the Lakers have FINALLY addressed their point guard position, something they’ve been needing to do for the better part of the decade, you’ve gotta agree to a few dollars less. Yes, this is the last contract (as a player) of your career, so you need to make the max you can, but the Lakers are deep in salary cap luxury tax. As much as I’d LOVE to have him back, Fisher will just have to settle for less in order to stay here in L.A.
    As for Blake, EXCELLENT signing. He addresses perimeter shooting and gives the Lakers a tough player to fit their system very well. He is the PG I felt they should go after, and am very happy they did. Great work to Mitch Kupchak, he is showing that he learned well from the master – Jerry West…

  19. Pierre 45 - Jul 3, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Blake keeps the cheat off the double team a damn near for sure three point shooter at 45% good luck Jordan getting 45 minutes on a 13 win team he wont smell another championship for a long time.I do appreciate his minimal contribution,as for Shannon will enjoy seeing him dunk on a 13 win team also

  20. Pierre45 - Jul 3, 2010 at 1:41 AM

    you hit the nail right on the head Fisher will resign he wont play anywhere else its all business they have to go through these negotiations.The rest can go play for the nets and maybe squeak out 21 wins,but they’ll have those extra years on their contracts for the agent to get his $$$, Remember Trevor Ariza? ran off, Artest jumped on board and snatched a ring and possibly another next season.Dude you know your basketball keep it funkin

  21. Hoops McCann - Jul 3, 2010 at 1:45 AM

    Hey Tax Lawyer –
    That’s really terrific info from someone who has watched Blake progress from his college days. I remember that MD team – real overacheivers. If that was because of Blake’s prowess this might be a match made in Heaven. Phil’s system has a way of making overlooked talent excel – like Ariza and Brown. Blake might play like an All Star now.

  22. Rich - Jul 3, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    If Blake is a good 3-pt shooter, then i think it’s a good fit…I thought one weakness they did have this past year was inconsistent 3-pt shooting…Good 3-pt shooter makes things easier, remember Glen Rice in the 99-00 season, and Robert Horry during the first three-peat…

  23. NRESQ - Jul 3, 2010 at 2:03 AM

    What f’ing team doubles Fisher you f’ing moron?

  24. NRESQ - Jul 3, 2010 at 2:13 AM

    Finally, a guy who knows his b-ball–NBA and college hoops. Well said.

  25. bill - Jul 3, 2010 at 2:39 AM

    I agree with trading Lamar…He only plays when he feels like it, which isn’t very often…

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