Veteran point guard Steve Blake played with the Los Angeles Lakers longer than any other team in his NBA career. Blake joined the Lakers in 2010 and remained with the team until last season when the Lakers dealt him to the Golden State Warriors and received guard Kent Bazemore, who is currently an unrestricted free agent, in return.
Like Bazemore, Blake is now an unrestricted free agent, which is why the Lakers dealt him. With no chance at the postseason en route to a 27-55 record, the sixth-worst mark in the league, they felt they needed an asset in return for one of their many free agents.
According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak have reached out Blake’s representatives. The Lakers had severe problems at point guard last season so bringing back Blake makes a lot of sense.
Blake, 34, averaged 6.9 points, 5.6 assists, 2.9 rebounds in 27.2 minutes per game while shooting 37.7% from the field, 37.6% from beyond the arc and 76.7% from the free throw line for both the Lakers and Warriors last season. Blake was originally selected by the Washington Wizards with the 38th-overall pick in the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft. In addition to the Laker, Warriors and Wizards, the former Maryland Terrapin has also played for the Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers. In his career, he’s averaged 6.9 points, 4.0 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 40.3% from the field, 38.8% from three and 78.3% from the charity stripe.
The Trail Blazers and Minnesota Timberwolves are also said to be interested in acquiring Blake.