Oct 30, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (5) dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Warriors Acquire Steve Blake From Lakers For Brooks, Bazemore

Like many experts predicted, the Golden State Warriors have pulled off a trade before the deadline to upgrade their bench.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Warriors have acquired guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guards MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

Blake, 33, is averaging 9.5 points and 7.6 assists in 27 games this season, and is shooting 39.7 percent from three-point range. He brings much-needed depth and experience to the Warriors’ depleted bench, having spent 10 years in the league, the last four with the Lakers.

Over his career, Blake has averages of 7.0 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds, and 39 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Apparently, the trade was a surprise to the Lakers’ starting point guard.

He’ll join a Warriors squad that is seeking its second consecutive playoff berth that needs a better bench if it wants to seriously contend in the West.

The Warriors did bring in Jordan Crawford in a deal with the Celtics earlier this season, and they have been using Crawford as their backup point guard to Stephen Curry. However, this trade allows Blake to take over that role, and allows Crawford to shift to the two-guard spot to give Klay Thompson more rest.

All in all, this was a steal for the Warriors, as Bazemore and Brooks have barely played at all during their time in Golden State. Dumping them for a bona fide veteran in Blake, while staying under the luxury tax has to be a win-win situation for GM Bob Myers.

Tags: Golden State Warriors Kent Bazemore MarShon Brooks Steve Blake

  • afannaz

    yes, they did bring in crawford, but he doesn’t fit the Warriors “type” of player. he’s more of a street-baller punk. read a few back stories on him, and he’s really kind of a slime-ball! so far he hasn’t done much. i hope he gets with the W’s program, and cleans it up and helps the team when steve blake comes in.

    • Eric He

      Crawford’s the kind of guy who has no conscience; he’ll shoot anytime, from anywhere and can drive you crazy. But at the same time, he can create plays and be a streaky shooter. The Warriors probably brought in Blake to establish a veteran presence who they can count on to run the second unit, instead of Crawford running isos for himself.

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