The Golden State Warriors have acquired veteran point guard Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, it was announced today.
Blake, 33, has appeared in 27 games (all starts) for the Lakers this season, averaging 9.5 points to go along with career highs of 7.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.26 steals in 33.0 minutes. He returned to action on Feb. 4 after missing the previous 26 contests with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, and, in his second game back, recorded his second career-triple double with 11 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over Cleveland on Feb. 5.
An 11-year NBA veteran, Blake holds career averages of 7.0 points, 4.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 25.2 minutes in 703 career games (344 starts) with the Lakers, Washington Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers, Milwaukee Bucks, Denver Nuggets and L.A. Clippers, appearing in the postseason six times. For his career, Blake has converted on 39.0 percent of his three-pointers and boasts an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.84-to-1. The Maryland alum was originally selected by the Wizards in the second round (38th overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft after helping the Terrapins to their first-ever National Championship in 2002.
“The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” said Warriors General Manager Bob Myers. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball. On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers.”
Bazemore, 24, has appeared in 44 games with Golden State this season, averaging 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes. Originally signed by the Warriors as a free agent out of Old Dominion on July 26, 2012, he holds career marks of 2.1 points and 5.1 minutes in 105 games over two seasons with the Warriors.
Brooks, 25, was acquired by the Warriors from the Boston Celtics along with Jordan Crawford on Jan. 15 and has played in seven games with the Warriors after making 10 appearances with Boston. The third-year guard holds averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 18.1 minutes in 146 career games (49 starts) with the Warriors, Celtics and Nets. Originally selected by the Celtics with the 25th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, the Providence product averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 56 games (47 starts) as a rookie with the New Jersey Nets in 2011-12, earning Second Team All-Rookie Honors.