Lakers to Sign Steve Blake
A source close to the situation confirmed the deal to FanHouse's Sam Amick, and said the contract will pay Blake $16 million over the next four seasons. There are no option years in the contract. The contract will pay Blake an even $4 million in each season.
The Lakers have won consecutive championships with Derek Fisher, Jordan Farmar and Shannon Brown filling the point guard position, but all three became free agents this summer. Fisher reportedly turned down a one-year, $2.5 million contract offer from the Lakers today, and is in talks with the Cavaliers and Heat. Farmar has been tied only to the Pacers, and was not expected to be retained by L.A. under any scenario.
Blake split last season between the Blazers and the Clippers. A career 39-percent three-point shooter, Blake would seem to fit the Lakers' needs well. With Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol handling scoring duties, the Lakers have needed a point guard who can shoot, make few mistakes and give effort on defense. Fisher has been an ace in all three categories in all 11 seasons he has spent in L.A., but at age 35 is losing what little quickness he had.
Blake,30, is far less tested in postseason play, having appeared in only 15 career playoff games. Fisher has appeared in 199 playoff games over his career, 183 of those coming with the Lakers.
The Lakers could still keep Fisher if the parties can reach a compromise; as L.A. owns Fisher's Bird rights, it would not need to use the mid-level exception (most of which is now assigned to cover Blake's salary) to sign Fisher to a multi-year deal.