With their first free-agent move of the summer, the Lakers and 30 year-old and seven-year veteran Steve Blake have agreed in principle to a reported 4-year, $16 million-dollar deal that will pay him at least $4 million a year taking up all but around $1.8 million of the Lakers' MLE spending money. Blake is at the top of the Lakers' non-Laker free agent list with Luke Ridnour and Earl Watson as backup plans should Blake refuse the offer.
Blake's arrival does not necessarily mean Derek Fisher is out or affect the Lakers' ability to sign Fish financially because the Lakers do have bird-rights for their free-agent starting point guard. That means the Lakers can still keep the remainder of their MLE while being able to give Fish the most money out of any other team (Cleveland or Miami) interested in prying Fish out of the Lakers' hands.
We Laker fans certainly don't want that to happen. We want Fish to retire as a Laker and have his jersey up in the rafters in the future among the other Laker legends because this guy is legendary.
Blake's career numbers per game include: 7.5 points, 4.3 assist, and 1.5 turnovers while shooting 41% from the field and 39% from behind the arc. He played for the Portland Trailblazers last season before getting traded to the Clippers alongside Travis Outlaw for Marcus Camby. In the 29 games he played for the Clippers, Blake averaged 6.8 points, 6.1 assists, 2.2 turnovers, and a remarkable 43.7% from three. In the Triangle system and with the quality of talent the Lakers have, his numbers and quality of shots are expected to go up. Blake cannot officially sign with the Lakers until July 8th.
Welcome to the family of champs, Steve!