Steve Blake is headed back to the Portland Trail Blazers, again. The veteran point guard has agreed to a two-year/$4 million deal with Portland, a team he’s played for twice before.
Blake first played for the Blazers back in ’05-06 and then again from ’07-10. He’s spent the last four years in the state of California, spending time with the Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
There was some speculation that he could return to the Lakers this season, mainly because Kobe Bryant wanted him back. The Black Mamba is on record as saying that Blake is one of his all-time favorite teammates, mainly because of his competitive drive.
So as much as this news will upset Kobe, it’s clear that Blake made the best decision for his career by re-signing with the Trail Blazers. The Lakers don’t even have five players to put on the court, or a head coach. On top of that there are no guarantees Bryant will return to form following extended time on the shelf following Achilles and knee injuries.
Portland is the right place for Blake because the overall roster is in so much better shape. The Trail Blazers showed the NBA that they’re on the rise last season, making it to the semi-finals in the Western Conference Playoffs. Blake can act as a mentor to Damian Lillard, and he should essentially replace Mo Williams, who’s rumored to be signing in Dallas.
If this is the last stop for the 34-year old PG, it should be a good one.