Found February 19, 2014 on
Image: Steve Blake was traded to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, signaling the start of the Los Angeles Lakers’ fire sale. Though Mitch Kupchak said just last week that avoiding the repeater tax is not something the Lakers are concerned about, it seems the team has been aiming to acquire assets in exchange for expiring contracts this trade season while attempting to move below the luxury tax line in the process. The Blake trade helped with this on both accounts, seeing as L.A. picked up two young players that they can audition for the rest of the season while edging ever closer to moving below the luxury tax line. Also, this deal may just mean that Pau Gasol will play out his contract with the Lakers. After the trade went down, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Lakers may abandon the idea of trading Gasol. After the Blake trade, moving Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman would remove enough salary to take the Lakers below the luxury tax threshold without having to send Gasol to another team. The fact that this is now an option for the Lakers may end up working as leverage in a potential Gasol deal. In the past, teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns have tried to shortchange the Lakers in a deal for the Spaniard by pointing out how a trade would take the Lakers below – or just above – the tax line. Now, teams can see the Lakers clearly have a backup plan and could simply ship Hill and Kaman out of town to move below the tax threshold. This could mean that teams will now offer more than before in exchange for Gasol. Then again, the Lakers could simply shed the contracts of Hill and Kaman and keep Gasol for the rest of the year, a move that would probably be best for the franchise PR-wise. .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } } The post Lakers Rumors: L.A. may trade Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman, keep Pau Gasol appeared first on

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VIDEO: Steve Blake all smiles during Lakers warmups, leaves moments later in suit after being traded

This is the harsh reality of the NBA: One minute you’re warming up for a game with a team who you’ve been with for the last four years, and the next – just like that – you’re gone. That was the case with Steve Blake on Wednesday night. Just over an hour before tip-off, Blake was informed that he’d been traded to the Golden State Warriors and had to change from his warmups...

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Report: Lakers trade Steve Blake to Warriors for MarShon Brooks, Kent Bazemore The Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for shooting guard’s Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Steve Blake on his time in Los Angeles: “I’ve loved my time here. I always loved the support of the fans and the ownership.” — Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) February 20, 2014...

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Lakers Rumors: Steve Blake traded to Golden State Warriors

Steve Blake has been traded to the Golden State Warriors, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Lakers will receive Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Warriors in return for Blake, according to Sam Amick from USA Today. Bazemore, 24, is averaging 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes per game this season, while Brooks, 25, has averaged 2.6 points in 5.2 minutes per game. Steve Blake...

Lakers, Warriors Agree To Trade

According to multiple media reports, the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors have agreed to a trade that will send G Steve Blake to Golden State in exchange for G Kent Bazemore and G MarShon Brooks. Steve Blake, who turns 34 years old next week, has been injured for most of this season. Blake […]

Steve Blake To Warriors

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