HoopsHype Steve Blake rumors

February 28, 2014 Updates

Warriors guard Steve Blake is impressed with the team one week after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers and open to re-signing with Golden State as a free agent after the season. “I can’t lie,” Blake said Friday. “I wonder where I’ll be next year. If I had the opportunity to be here, I would love it. I already knew from the outside that they were a special team. I didn’t realize what a great group of guys it was and how nice it is to play for Coach (Mark) Jackson. Those are all things that I’ll be looking for, for a place I’d like to finish off my career at.” Contra Costa Times

“One of the most important things is winning,” Blake said. “I don’t know if I want to go start on a team that’s going to win 20, 30 games that’s rebuilding. At this point in my career, I don’t think that’s what I’m looking for. If my role is to come off the bench like it is right now and contribute in that way and we’re winning, I’m all for it. That’s all I want to do is win right now, and I think this team has a chance to really do that.” Contra Costa Times

February 21, 2014 Updates

The Lakers received a traded-player exception of $2,789,920 on Wednesday in their trade of Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. A traded-player exception can be used to acquire a player in trade without sending out matching salary. In the case of the Blake exception, the Lakers can deal for a player making up to $2,889,920 (including $100,000 of padding). Los Angeles Times

The exception expires on Feb. 19, 2015, but the team may not have it for long. Should the Lakers drop under the salary cap in July, as expected, they will first need to renounce the exception. Los Angeles Times

"Kobe and I had a great friendship while I was there," Blake said. "He's one of the best teammates I've ever had. I'm definitely going to miss him. I appreciate his support throughout the years. I can't lie, I'm going to miss him." Yahoo! Sports

February 20, 2014 Updates

Blake, 33, was making $4 million in the final year of his contract and averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 assists. He appeared mostly tentative in his first two seasons with the Lakers under Phil Jackson and Mike Brown. But Blake thrived under D’Antoni’s system. “I was surprised,” said D’Antoni, who lauded Blake’s toughness. “It was more disappointing that was him. There’s a lot of guys management has to do to retool. You have to do a lot of things. But you hate it for him.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 19, 2014 Updates

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. [...] “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.” NBA.com

The Lakers have concurrently had talks about Kaman, Hill, Blake and several other players. Sources confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk that Brooklyn and the Lakers have had trade discussions Hill. The Nets have a $5.25 million Disabled Player Exception through March 10 that they were granted for losing Brook Lopez for rest of the season in December. But the Nets -- already possessing a payroll that will cost roughly $190 this season -- would take an additional luxury tax hit of more than $15 million if they used it to absorb Hill's salary. The Hill discussions were first reported by Yahoo Sports. ESPN.com

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