Late on Wednesday night, the eve of the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors started the ball rolling. The Lakers and Warriors agreed to a deal that will send veteran point guard Steve Blake to Golden State while the Lakers will get back Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks in exchange for Blake’s services, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
As far as the Lakers are concerned, the move is a good way for them to shed salary for the rest of this season, though none of the three players in the trade will be on the books for next year. Trading Blake for two young players, though, potentially gives the Lakers assets to pull off another deal before Thursday’s deadline at 3 p.m.
In terms of the Warriors, the addition of Blake will have a much more immediate impact. Golden State made their intentions pretty blatant heading into the frenzy before the deadline, looking to add depth at the guard position to play behind Stephen Curry and give their bench much needed leadership and offense. Blake has shown that he can provide both of those things as he heads to the Bay Area.
Blake has battled a number of injuries this season, but has been solid when on the floor. In his 27 appearances this year, Blake has put up 9.5 points, 7.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33 minutes per game. His 37.8 percent shooting from the field is hardly noteworthy, but his ability to convert from long-range at 39.7 percent this year and 39 percent for his career are certainly of note and value to the Warriors.
Blake has long seemed like a player best suited to be a backup guard on a talented team and him going to Golden State will allow him to fit into that niche. It’ll be interesting to see where the Lakers move from this point and even more so to see if adding Blake will help the Warriors climb up the Western Conference standings.