HoopsHype Steve Blake rumors

July 14, 2014 Updates

Lillard says the pickup of Steve Blake was “big” and added that he’s looking forward to playing alongside him. But he admitted that it was a bit difficult to wrap his mind around the fact that his “brother” wouldn’t be around anymore. “I was disappointed because that’s my brother,” Lillard told CSNNW.com. “He’s always been there for me. When I did something wrong, he was the first one showing showing me how I should have done it. “When I did something good, he was the first person telling me how proud he was of me. When I’m alone on the road, he’s the one that’ll come hang with me. That’s my guy. I thought he would be coming back, but I understand this is a business.” CSNNW.com

July 11, 2014 Updates

Essentially, the trade is both one big deal and three parallel smaller ones at the same time. The need to trade something for something is satisfied in the overall deal and thus does not need to be satisfied in each parallel smaller one. The relevant passage in the memo suggests that it is this practice that may be under threat. However, in the trade that the quoted passage above was in reference to (the MarShon Brooks/Steve Blake trade from the last deadline day), provisions were not circumvented. Provisions were not defeated. Things were worked around, yes, specifically Golden State's inability to aggregate Brooks's salary in trade. But the Warriors and Lakers (mainly the Warriors) did all their finagling within the rules set forth by the Collective Bargaining Agreement. They did not do anything here other than what they were permitted to do, and even if they had done, the league still approved the trade. Sham Sports

If the NBA feels that manoeuvring in the manner of the Warriors and Lakers above is contrary to the spirit of the Traded Player Exception and specifically to the use of non-simultaneous trades, then, fine. It pretty much is - on all but the most technical of levels, Brooks and Bazemore were traded for Blake in one deal, with only minutiae stating others. But it was also perfectly allowed by the very clauses the league signed up to in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. And if this is not the kind of matter that this passage of the memo refers to, then we will have to see what it is, because I have no other guesses. Nevertheless, whatever it is, this could be an interesting thing to watch develop. The NBA may be seeking to outlaw a practice it simultaneously permits. We shall see over time where the new boundaries lie. Sham Sports

July 10, 2014 Updates

But Blake said he does not have any lingering bitterness from being dealt twice, which he said was no deterrent to him from joining a team that made the second round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. "It's part of the business of basketball, it's part of the way things are run," Blake said. "So I never took it too personal. I think it's one of the reasons I can come back. I know it's a different general manager, different coaches, but even when I got traded away, Kevin Pritchard traded me, he brought me back the next year. It's interesting. But as long as you're a good person, you never know what can happen." Oregonian

The Portland Trail Blazers have reached agreement on a two-year, $4 million contract with Steve Blake, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Blake, 34, agreed to take the Blazers' biannual exception, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Ding: Blake family loves Portland. RT @Adrian Wojnarowski: Portland has reached an agreement with guard Steve Blake, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Twitter @KevinDing

July 9, 2014 Updates
July 8, 2014 Updates

Eric Pincus: If Lakers do get Melo - and Pau - speculatively I could see Steve Blake and Caron Butler back with team - I hear Kobe recruiting both Twitter @EricPincus

July 3, 2014 Updates

On Day 1 of free agency the Portland Trail Blazers inquired about the interest of veteran free agent point guard Steve Blake, league sources informed CSNNW.com. These sources that requested anonymity describes the call to his representatives as merely a “feeler ” inquiry with sides expected to reengage down the road. CSNNW.com

Blake, 34, is no stranger to the city of Portland. He played three and a half seasons with the team and loved his experience so much that he purchased a home in Portland where his family resides in the offseason. We’re told by one of the sources that Blake “would love to come back to Portland to play for the Trail Blazers.” CSNNW.com

July 1, 2014 Updates

According to sources, among the players the Heat will pursue are veteran Warriors guard Steve Blake, who can play either guard spot, can knock down 3-pointers and is expected to draw interest from other contenders, like the Thunder. Sporting News

June 27, 2014 Updates
May 16, 2014 Updates

Ian Begley: Source: Phil tells Felton in exit meetings that he will look to trade him. 1st reported by @SNYTV. #Knicks expected to target FA Steve Blake Twitter @IanBegley

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