Feb 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Blake (right) dribbles the ball as Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Matthew Dellavedova defends in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers Trade Steve Blake To The Golden State Warriors For Brooks, Bazemore


After a couple days of rumors the Los Angeles Lakers have struck a deal with the Golden State Warriors that will send Steve Blake north in return for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. The deal was first reported by the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan.

Here’s a breakdown of how the deal came together by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

The Lakers are in advanced talks on a deal to send Steve Blake to Golden State, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014

Golden State expected to send Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks to the Lakers for Blake, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014

Steve Blake has been traded to Golden State, league source tells Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014

Golden State’s Bazemore and Brooks are on the way to the Lakers as part of the Blake deal, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) February 20, 2014

While Laker fans have had a love-hate relationship with Blake over the past couple of seasons, there is no debating his hard work and dedication to the franchise. He has been one of the steadier pieces of what has otherwise been an unpredictable team. Blake will be a valuable back up point guard for the Warriors and should help solidify their second unit when Stephen Curry leaves the floor.


Brooks has now been traded twice this season and three times in the last two years. He started on the Brooklyn Nets before being shipped to the Boston Celtics in the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade. Later he was traded to the Warriors along with Jordan Crawford. Now, he is a Laker. Brooks’ contract expires at the end of this season and it should be interesting to see whether or not he stays a Laker, but we’ll take a wild guess and say that he won’t be.

The other player the Lakers acquired in the trade is Kent Bazemore, whom you probably know from his outlandish bench celebrations.

Bazemore’s contract also expires after this season and will most likely not be retained by the team. However, his endless courtside celebrations will be a welcomed addition. Pairing Bazemore with Robert Sacre may create one of the most entertaining bench celebration duos in the history of the NBA.


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