HoopsHype Steve Blake rumors
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
Danny Schayes: When I met later with Steve Blake, I was a little dismayed that he had not read any of the material that I submitted. It showed that either he was not fully prepared or I was not being taken seriously. Still we did the interview and again, I thought that it went as well as it could. In both of their defense, they were dealing with injuries while trying to manage these interviews that were being done on the fly. Again, this is what you get when the process is done during the season — distracted players. SheridanHoops
Originally diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow that would take a minimum of six weeks, Blake will visit with his doctor in Los Angeles when the team returns, and a potential return date may be established at the time. One can speculate that it’s going to be a bit longer, as the key word in the original timetable was “minimum.” Lakers.com
Had Bryant gone as far as taking a minimum contract for next season at $1.5 million, the Lakers might have had enough room for two maximum free agents. Now that number drops to one, also leaving the futures of Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Steve Blake and other Lakers in doubt after this year. If he had taken a one-year minimum deal, Bryant would then qualify for a maximum deal for the 2015-16 season at about $20 million, for a two-year average of $10.8 million including his one year at the minimum. If he signed a two-year deal in 2015 at the maximum, his three-season average could have climbed to about $14.8 million. Los Angeles Times
League executives who spoke to FOX Sports Ohio wondered if the Lakers, attempting to stay in position for a playoff berth while waiting for Bryant's return, have the assets to make a move should they explore a trade for a point guard. Right now, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are the only healthy point guards on the roster. Blake has been starting at shooting guard in Bryant's absence. FOXSports Ohio
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