Josh Robbins: The Magic have formally announced the trade of Moe Harkless to the Blazers. The Magic will receive a conditional 2nd-round pick.
May 4, 2016 | 8:53 am EDT Update
Blake, 36, showed signs of age this past season. But he would like to return to the Pistons. “I’ve been doing this for a long time, and I loved my experience here,” said Blake, who has played with seven other teams. “It was great playing for (Van Gundy), and I really love playing with these guys. If they wanted me back, I’d be thrilled, but you never know in this league. I’d love to play one more year. That’s my goal, but someone has to want me.
But that time can wait one more year; he wants to return to the floor for a 14th season. “I feel like I have one more year in my body and then I’ll be ready to be home with my family,” Blake said. “I’ve got three young kids. This game and this schedule takes a lot away from your family. “I’m getting to that point where I’m ready to be around them some more.”
When it was brought up that Walton might look to install a Warriors-like system and look for a Warriors-like player on the open market to bring with him, Barnes said while laughing Monday on 95.7 The Game, “See, that’s tampering at that point. That’s just tampering.”
The Lakers will have money to spend on the free agent market, and Lakers analyst Mychal Thompson — father of Warriors guard Klay Thompson — said Monday on the ESPN LA radio show he co-hosts that Barnes “wants $20 (million per year)…Somebody might give it to him.”
Barnes averaged 11.7 points and 4.9 rebounds this season in 66 games this season. the elder Thompson feels Barnes could do more with the Lakers. “I think he’s capable of averaging 18 a game here if the Lakers sign him and brought him here.” Thompson said. “I think he could be more of a featured scorer, maybe a No. 2 option, maybe even a No. 1 on certain nights. He’s capable of putting up in the high-20s. He’s a very good shooter, can get to the basket, very athletic. He just hasn’t been asked to do very much in Golden State, but coming here, he’d be asked to do more, and I think he could.”