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Steve Blake agrees to four-year deal with the Lakers

Jul 2, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

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. James G - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    Again my friend NRESQ you hit right on the nail. The future is now
    and I am with you with taking over the banner lead. Did any body see
    the face of GM for Boston Danny A. He was behind Phil Jackson
    when they won the championship. A pictures said a thousand words.

  2. JW - Jul 6, 2010 at 12:45 AM

    The Lakers have been over the salary cap limit since it’s beginning, yet they still make big trades and sign free agents. According to Forbes the Lakers made 51 million dollars in profit in 2009. In 2009-2010 the team payroll went up to $91 million from $79 million the year before. Even with the added luxury tax that’s still a profit of over 25 million dollars. About $94 million should be the right amount for the team to spend in 2010-2011. That’s about $10 million divided up among the last six players. 22 million is spent on Bynum and Odom. That amount could be spent on Bosh with much better results. Some team is going to get Bosh with a sign and trade, much better if that team is the Lakers. Houston could get Bosh for three average players.

  3. Doc - Jul 6, 2010 at 7:02 AM

    I wonder why people keep forgetting that Kobe played all year with Two broken fingers on his shooting hand, with a bad knee and ankle. It’s allright to hate if that’s your thing, but until LooseBron wins something, I would hesitate to make comparisons. In fact he hasn’t won anything in seven years, and is not likely to win anything in the next two if he switches teams. The window may be closing on multiple championships and even coming close to the “Mamaba.”
    I’m just sayin’

  4. MJ - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:20 AM

    Really, come back and say that when “the king” has 5 rings.

  5. KB - Jul 6, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Are the Lakers really going to pass on Bosh, sad.

  6. KRam - Jul 6, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    I don’t know, do you think Bosh is a better player than Bynum.

  7. luffy - Jul 6, 2010 at 11:20 PM

    Whatever, right now the Lakers doesn’t need anyone, they got a PG on Blake already, what they need is just to be healthy and it’s a sure 3 peat. They don’t need Bosh, they got Snoop already, they don’t need a look-a-like…

  8. Duoh - Jul 9, 2010 at 12:23 AM

    You have to sieze opportunities as they occur or wind up losing.

  9. terpinny - Jul 14, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    I watched Blake throughout his Maryland days also. I think he is a great fit for the Lakers. He is deceptively savvy and quick for his farmboy looks–but not showy. Smart. Still remember him stealin the ball from Duke’s J Williams and laying it up when Williams was dribbling, running out the half talking to Coach K near the sideleine…lol. crowd went nuts. I can’t believe he shot 43% from 3 land last year. That has come up from Maryland. He can run it though and he was huge in their championship run.

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