On Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers finally made a trade….but it wasn’t Pau Gasol like many thought. Steve Blake was dealt to the Golden State Warriors for Marshon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. All three players included in the deal will be free agents come July.
Steve Blake was having one of his better seasons averaging 9.5 points per game and a career high 7.6 assists per game in Mike D’Antoni’s point guard-centric offense.
“Real mixed emotions,” Blake, 33, told the LA Times. “The hardest thing is for my family, really. I’ve got a wife and three little kids and now I’m going to have to spend four months probably away from them.”
Brooks, 25, is in his third season but will be playing for his fourth team since entering the League. His best season was his rookie season when he averaged 12.6ppg and 3.6 rebounds per game with the New Jersey Nets. Bazemore, 24, is in his second season and averaging just 2.3ppg this season.
The trade saves the Lakers 1 million in salary and close to 3 million in luxury tax savings as they try to avoid paying the lux tax that gets worse each season they are over it.
Don’t think the Lakers are done. Brooklyn has expressed serious interest in Jordan Hill and they traded Reggie Evans and Jason Terry to Sacramento earlier on Wednesday for Marcus Thornton. And it’s still possible the Lakers trade Gasol.
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