(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake was in the locker room preparing for Wednesday night’s game against the Houston Rockets. The only problem was that he never saw the court.
Blake was approached by head coach Mike D’Antoni about 75 minutes before tip-off and informed that he had been traded to the Golden State Warriors.
“Mixed emotions, really,” Blake said before exiting the arena to join the 32-22 Warriors. “I knew it could happen but didn’t expect it to happen, all at the same time.”
The Lakers will receive guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Warriors. The two young guards combine to make $2 million, meaning the trade will save the Lakers $4 million in salary and luxury tax implications with Blake’s $4 million salary coming off the books.
The 33-year-old Blake averaged 9.5 points and tallied career highs of 7.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds for the Lakers this season, but has appeared in just 27 games because of a right elbow injury. The Warriors will be his seventh team in 11 NBA seasons.
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