The Golden State Warriors have finally found a backup point guard.
With the trade deadline looming, the Warriors announced that the team has acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. The Warriors also used a $4 million trade exception in the deal, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Blake has appeared in 27 games this year for the Lakers and has averaged 9.5 points per game along with career highs of 7.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.26 steals. Warriors GM Bob Myers weighed in on the rationale behind bringing in the 11-year veteran, who has made six postseason appearances.
“The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season,” Myers said in a statement. “He’s had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball.”
“I’m going to obviously a really, really good team,” Blake said. “How I fit in, I don’t know. But we’ll figure it out. I’ve got a lot of respect for them there and I look forward to getting to know them.”
Myers also had kind words for the departing Bazemore and Brooks.
“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.”
While Brooks had only played in seven games with the Warriors after being acquired in mid-January, Bazemore had become a fan favorite in his season and a half with the team. Bazemore, who was well-known for his sideline celebrations, averaged 2.1 points and 5.1 minutes in 105 games during his career with Golden State.
All quotes courtesy of the Golden State Media Relations unless otherwise noted.
Check out my interview with Bazemore from last summer, right here.