The Brooklyn Nets decided to stay active yet again with a late second round trade that sent Mason Plumlee & Pat Connaughton to Portland for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (#23 pick) .... and Steve Blake. Although RHJ has garnered the most attention, Blake could be a solid role player next season.
Blake, 35, will earn $2.2 million this season. He's been a journeyman throughout his 12-year career, playing for seven different teams prior to his trade to the Nets, with a career average of 6.7 points and 4.0 assists per game. He's started in 345 games in his career, but is mostly known for being a decent backup point guard. His best season as a pro came with the Trail Blazers back in the 2008-2009 season when he averaged 11 points and started in all 69 games he played.
This past season, the 12-year veteran played in 81 games last season, averaging 4.3 points, 3.6 assists and 18.9 minutes per game as Damian Lillard's primary backup. Blake is seen as a good guy off the court, but tough one on it. He's a good passer and a 38.5 percent three-point shooter. He has 44 games of playoff experience. His teams have made the playoffs six straight years and he won a national championship at Maryland in 2002, hitting critical shots in the Terps' two Final Four games.
The acquisition of Blake brings us to an interesting free agency concerning the Nets' point guard situation. Deron Williams is on the books for the upcoming two seasons, so it's doubtful he goes anywhere. But Jarrett Jack, who's set to make over $6 million this upcoming season, may be on the block if the Nets are hoping to save money ... or if they want to replace Plumlee. .
It seems like a move that might be inevitable. After all, they were shopping their young core for a point guard to backup D-Will, develop, then potentially start when Deron's contract is up. So where would that leave Jack?
The Nets could of course dump Blake and keep Jack, but at this point, that seems unlikely.