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.
Steve Blake said he was not given a heads up on being traded. He really didn’t have any idea.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 20, 2014
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.