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Report: Trail Blazers signing Steve Blake

Jul 10, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT

The Trail Blazers used their mid-level exception on Chris Kaman, removing their biggest weapon for re-signing Mo Williams.

That leaves Portland in need of a backup point guard.

Enter Steve Blake.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

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The full bi-annual exception pays $4,247,465. I’m not sure whether Berger was rounding or Blake took a little less. Obviously, that small difference doesn’t matter much.

Blake is a familiar face in Portland, where he’ll join the Blazers for his third separate stint. This time around, he’ll back up Damian Lillard.

Blake finished last season in Golden State, somewhat adequately filling the Warriors’ need for a backup point guard. But it should be telling they prioritized an upgrade at that spot this offseason, signing Shaun Livingston. At 34, Blake will likely fall short of his previous production in Portland, so the Trail Blazers shouldn’t expect too much. He’s an above-average backup at this point, but not much more.

For the record, this doesn’t change what Portland can offer Williams. His non-Bird rights still allow room for a four-year, $13,588,848 contract with the The Trail Blazers. But considering Portland just filled his role and he can likely make more elsewhere, Williams is likely moving on.

  1. innovativethinking87 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    Not bad at all. Kaman and now Blake? Portland finally got a decent bench

  2. imakcds - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Blake don’t back down, but he’s fragile. Probably need to limit his minutes to be productive.

  3. genericcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Based on some other contracts, he probably could’ve made more. I mean, he was hitting .397 from 3 before the trade and finished .376- which was low for him. Plus he’s a serviceable back-up guard.

    But, I think he owns a house in Portland and it might even still be his family’s primary home. Not sure, though. Don’t think he ever wanted to leave.

    After the contract Blake will have made $37 million in NBA salary. pretty good. I wonder how many people in 2002 thought he would outlast (by a long time) and out-earn all his Terps teammates. I guess Chris Wilcox has made a little more so far, but he’s done and was a much bigger hyped pro prospect.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Juan Dixon anyone! …. *crickets*…. hello?…. bueller

      • genericcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:49 PM

        He did what he could within his limitations. And hey, he even tried PEDs, lol.

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Kaman and Blake. Functional, not flashy. Just what we needed.

  5. csbanter - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Portland and San Francisco seem like the “it” places to be these days. Just wanted to say San Francisco instead of Golden State, once they move GS will be a thing of the past. Most people don’t know Oakland is where they actually play.

  6. extavernmouse - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Good move by the Blazers. A smart veteran for our great young point guard.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Agreed. Blake is also an underrated defender, and point guard defense is one of the issues that Portland needed to improve on.

  7. dablakdrphil - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Great signing for POR, he is missed in Lakerland and he was great before they traded him.

    I wish him nothing but the best

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