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Lakers trade Steve Blake to Warriors

Feb 19, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

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With the Lakers season having spun so far out of control that all has essentially become lost in Los Angeles, there’s no reason for them to hold onto anything remotely resembling an asset that the team isn’t committed to keeping beyond this season.

Steve Blake (when healthy) has been more than serviceable at the guard spot, and with the Warriors looking to get a third ball-handler to play alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as Jarret Jack did for them a season ago, a deal between the two clubs seems to make sense from both sides.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times first reported that Blake was gone, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports followed up with the particulars.

The deal for the Lakers is purely financial.

Bazemore will be a restricted free agent next season if L.A. chooses to extend him the qualifying offer of $1.1 million this summer, while Brooks is unrestricted, and only on the books for $1.2 million this season.

The Lakers aren’t a team that has ever made deals that were strictly concerned with saving money, but the way this season has unfolded, along with the more punitive luxury tax system in place under the new collective bargaining agreement makes getting under the tax threshold a priority.

A couple of other small deals (like one involving Jordan Hill) could potentially get the Lakers under the luxury tax line this season, which would allow them to avoid repeater tax penalties in future years — at which time they’ll have the cap space to go after star-level talent in rebuilding the team into a championship contender.

  1. beavertonsteve - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    You can say it’s strictly about saving money but based on the potential NBA draft class it’s looking like a really good year to finish in the bottom 6 of the NBA.

  2. money2long - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    marshon brooks, hm.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:40 PM

      I’m actually interested to see what he can do. He showed promise early with New Jersey

      • money2long - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:38 PM

        i concur

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      Yea, i’m assuming if we are actually going to use Marshon that we wont be keeping Nick Young. They essentially have the same skillset.

  3. floriojr - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Championship…. Oh wait

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      gonna be a long drought…

    • apkyletexas - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Whats this? The only NBA team I know of in LA had Chris Paul at guard – not this Blake guy.

      • money2long - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

        there’s still a blake in la

  4. tuberippin - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    MarShon Brooks could be a useful return for the Lakers.

  5. tardyman - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Warriors just got a decent back-up (when healthy) to upgrade their bench for 2 of their players who barely ever touch the court. Lakers took care of more contracts and opened up some more playing time for KMarshall

    I can see why both sides would do this, but I think the Warriors won this one.

    • money2long - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      anti doesn’t think kendall marshall is that good.
      oh wait, it doesn’t matter what that guy thinks.

      • antistratfordian - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        :) It seems to matter to you.

      • money2long - Feb 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        :) :) :)

      • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:56 AM

        Remember when he said that Kobe is sketchy for getting PRP therapy on his knee because it had been banned for years before becoming legal, but he didn’t realize that Dwyane Wade and Greg Oden both got the exact same procedure soon after Kobe did it?

        That was funny. I sometimes wonder if he’s a troll intentionally trying to make Heat fans look bad.

      • money2long - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        this guy is really sketchy. i seriously think he’s a bearded fat dude, with garlic knot oil stains on a ripped up rock band tshirt living in his grandma’s attic whose sole purpose is to troll the internet world with his ineffective, nonsensical opinions. he also probably has some kind of weird pet too.

    • stephenlin - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:21 PM

      I’ll miss Steve Blake. He and Ron Artest really loved and made themselves part of the community here in L.A. I wish Steve the absolute best, and hope he gets to really take part in a good playoff run. Even though they aren’t very strong contenders, the Warriors have a great thing going on up there (chemistry, culture, everything).

    • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:53 AM

      This is a good trade for both sides. Warriors are in win-now mode and get a veteran who helps them now.

      Lakers are looking to the future for the first time in awhile, and now they have two young guard prospects to help them rebuild their guard rotation for when Nash and then later Kobe eventually retire.

      Warriors get better now while they feel they’re close to championship contention, while Lakers get cheaper now and potentially better later. Win-win.

  6. fiyeaglesfiy - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM

    In Mitch We Trust

  7. moseskkim - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Bazemores got game man. Give him some minutes.. He’ll show wsup

  8. sportsfan18 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    The first paragraph of this article SCREAMS trade Pau…

    With the Lakers season having spun so far out of control that all has essentially become lost in Los Angeles, there’s no reason for them to hold onto anything remotely resembling an asset that the team isn’t committed to keeping beyond this season.

  9. dannymac17 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Wrong Steve to trade.

  10. bhunter1995 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:58 PM

    Marshon Brooks can ball, and Bazemore is a solid young prospect. Good trade Mitch.

  11. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    While I’m most definitely not gonna shed tears for Steve Blake, he sure did earn his pay this year (if ONLY this year). He went from my most hated Laker of all time (yes, more then Kwame) to a respectable player I wasn’t wincing for when he took the court. Good luck Steve, and hey, you’re going to the playoffs!

    BTW, noice return Mitchy! But PLEASE don’t be foolish and deal Hill. PLEEEEEASE!!
    There are 3 players who should be somewhat “untouchable”…Kobe (more then somewhat, obviously), Marshall and Hill.
    Would LOVE to see Farmar, Johnson, Henry and Young back.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Pau too, but unfortunately I don’t think there’s a snowballs chance in hell that’s happening.

    • loungefly74 - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      ahh…i was waiting for your response. i knew you “loved” stevie…lol

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        LOL! I couldn’t wait for him to be gone in seasons past, but he really did a good job this year. I have to give him that. lol

      • loungefly74 - Feb 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        i hear ya. man, he just never panned out. he was to be that consistent outside threat….jesus, remember when he was scared to shoot the ball? oh man. well, good luck to him in NorCal.

  12. 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    billtetley53!! We need your special brand of Laker-hating commentary. What say you…

    • kb2408 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Please, let sleeping dogs lie.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:31 AM

        And lie he will. As always.

        Nah, I wanna wake him up! He makes me laugh. I like having him around, he says some funny stuff sometimes.

  13. sdeberg - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Another Lakers season down the tubes. From a life long Lakers fan. Thanks for re-affirming my TOTAL lack of interest in the NBA. It’s all about the business, or the $, or the coddling of ego-maniac “stars”. Not a sport anymore. Let’s bring back actual basketball to the NBA.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 19, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Marshon Brooks averaged almost 13 PPG as a rookie, and Bazemore has solid per-36 numbers. Blake doesn’t have a place on a rebuilding team. Might as well get these two young players, give them minutes and see if we can’t locate a diamond in the rough, Kendall Marshall style.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        Preach brother Monetti, preach!

    • casualcommenter - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:51 AM

      You’re a lifelong Lakers fan with a TOTAL lack of interest in the NBA who regularly reads ProBasketball Talk and presumably other basketball blogs.


  14. kb2408 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:02 AM

    Some of you dolts take more joy in the LAKERS plight than in your own favorite team winning. Are the LAKERS supposed to win the title “every” season?! I know it seems like they win every championship but that is just not true. Actually, they “only” win a title every 3-4 years on average.

    • psung26 - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:42 AM


  15. 00maltliquor - Feb 20, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    LOL the LAKERS are sooo irrelevant to y’all, yet a Lakers SCRUB trade illicits over 20+ comments!

    • mackcarrington - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:05 AM

      Maybe that means that they aren’t so irrelevant.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:15 AM

        As Ralph Lawler says; BINGO!

  16. campcouch - Feb 20, 2014 at 3:35 AM

    Re-sign Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel.

  17. aboogy123456 - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    Imagine how awesome this must be for Marshon Brooks. He has idolized kobe growing up and has tried to model his game after him, he even looks like a young kobe. Now he has the chance to learn from him every day in practice, and I’m excited to see the results.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

      Agreed. I really liked him coming out of college. Not sure what the missing piece is with him because he seems to have the tools. When he dropped 61 playing Providence it was very Kobe-esque

  18. omniusprime - Feb 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Finally some great news for Laker fans as that worthless piece of trash Steve Flake has been dealt away. Only a total sports pundit moron like Brett Pollakoff would say that Flake was serviceable. Sorry but Flake has been a total failure at PG and now the team only has to get rid of one more worthless excuse of a PG, Trash Nash.

    Nice to see Kupcake and Jerky Boy Jimmy make a good move. I hope that Marshon Brooks does well as a Laker, he’ll be an improvement over Flake for sure.

    Now we need to get rid of Trash Nash and Dumbtoni, the worst excuse for a Laker coach ever!

  19. billtetley53 - Feb 20, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Malt, I have said time and again, I’m not a laker team hater. I detest a majority of the fanbase. People like that 3 coiled Turd kb2408.

    Hey kb, is there a #32 hanging in the locker room for Brooks, like there is a#42 for Love?
    What kind of a doltish fan doesn’t know that Worthys # was retired?

    I don’t expect any less from you, how you make colossal fails like that and keep posting is beyond me.

  20. nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Feb 20, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    M Brooks is getting the royal shaft so far in his NBA career

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