With deadline day upon us, two teams hooked up on another deal late Wednesday night, as the Los Angeles Lakers sent Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors, in return for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
The Warriors never ruled out making another trade after acquiring Jordan Crawford, and now swung a deal for one more guard who can hopefully provide reliable minutes behind Stephen Curry. At least that is what the team’s GM Bob Myers was looking for making this deal.
Both teams confirmed the trade before halftime of their games.
“We think this just bolsters the bench and gives us some more options, some more weapons and a player when you give him the ball you know you can trust him,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. “We just think it was a chance to improve our roster and that was our justification.”
When Blake has been healthy for the Lakers this season, he has done an admirable job and runs an offense pretty well, so this looks like a very good trade for the Warriors. He is a willing passer and is putting up a career-high 7.6 assists per game. You can also envision him sharing the floor with Curry in some lineups as he is a 39% 3-point shooter for his career and can certainly stretch the floor.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are trading away their veterans in what is a completely lost season. They acquire Brooks, who has gone through two trades already this season, and Bazemore, who they seem to have high hopes for.