The Los Angeles Lakers have traded point guard Steve Blake to the Golden State Warriors for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks in a move that comes ahead of the 3 p.m. EST Thursday trade deadline.
The Lakers, seemingly waving the white flag of surrender that can bring a top draft pick, moved Blake, who now joins a team headed for the playoffs. In return the Lakers get Brooks, who is on an expiring deal, and Bazemore, who will be an unrestricted free agent. More importantly, the Lakers cut about $3.5 million from their luxury tax bill with the trade.
The Lakers may not be done, with ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne reporting that Jordan Hill may be dealt, with the Brooklyn Nets, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Bobcats, Dallas Mavericks Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks expressing interest.
That’s it for the trade deadline with no blockbusters looming — so far. There continues to be a buzz about Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics, though. The New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors have shown interest, with the Houston Rockets, according to ESPN, entering the mix.
In a move Thursday morning, the Philadelphia 76ers traded Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, CBS Sports.com’s Ken Berger reports.
With two second-round picks going to Philly for Hawes, the Sixers have more moves to make. Now $11.7M under salary floor.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 20, 2014
In other possible moves, the Sacramento Kings, according to ESPN, are in talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers about a deal that would send Jason Thompson to Cleveland for Jarrett Jack. The Oklahoma City Thunder, according to the New York Post, may be interested in Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway, Jr., but that’s news to Kevin Durant. “I don’t think anyone in this group is on the trade wire,” he said (via NewsOK.com). “I hope not.”