Lakers News: Kendall Marshall Reacts To Steve Blake Trade

Lakers News: Kendall Marshall Reacts To Steve Blake Trade


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After endless trade speculation surrounding Pau Gasol and Jordan Hill, the Los Angeles Lakers surprised a lot of people by trading veteran point guard Steve Blake on Wednesday night.

With all the attention on Gasol, Hill and the return of Dwight Howard, Blake being dealt to the Golden State Warriors was surprising to say the least.

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After the loss to the Rockets, Kendall Marshall was asked about his reaction to Blake being sent to the Warriors via Time Warner Cable SportsNet:

“Personally, it was kind of a let down. First off. Steve is a great teammate. More importantly off the court. Steve is a great guy. He really embraced me when I got here. Helped me out. He works hard. I feel like the team really respected him.”

Marshall clearly learned from Blake on and off the floor. The newcomer also talked about the business of basketball:

“It’s part of the business. The downside of playing in this league.”

As a result of the Blake trade, the Lakers will receive two more young players in MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore. The deal may have taken many by surprise, but it will likely work out in the Lakers favor with more youth on the roster to along with a lucrative contract being sent elsewhere.
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  • Daryl Peek

    Dr. Robert Klapper ‏@DrRobertKlapper 45m
    STEVE BLAKE. He has a D Fish quality about him. Cold blooded. Tough. And had Kobe’s respect. Will miss him in locker room.

    • Daryl Peek

      Retweeted by KEVIN DING
      kristen blake ‏@kristenblake2 2h
      Telling your kids daddy can’t live with us anymore until this summer is just as heartbreaking the third time around as it was the first two.

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      Yea man – pretty much one of the two guys I really hoped didn’t get traded. I digged everything about Blake. He did have a D-Fishesque aura about him. I hope this is part of a larger plan for something legitimate – because I’m not please at all with who we got in return. We already have SG/SF scorers off the bench.

      • Daryl Peek

        Hopefully these kids audition well. MDA will give them the opportunity.

    • ra

      Blake was a good guy. It was good to have guys like him on our team, to provide a ‘spark’ and morale (like D-Fish). This dismantling of the team isn’t going well – a team isn’t just a collection of players with certain statistics; there are intangibles that make teams great.

      E.g., Lamar Odom was a ‘center of the team’ years back when the team won 2 championships. D-Fish, that goes without saying – he helped smooth the edges of Kobe (in interacting with the team), and was a leader.

      Who is left? Who can we get in the draft, or in FA that will help us with their leadership? Kobe is a leader, but needs ‘good cop’ (like D-Fish).

      • Daryl Peek

        Agreed but eras always end. The team has really been trying to move on from the triangle since 2004. The time seems to have finally arrived for that. MDA was shook by tonight’s trade tho.

        It feels like they are trying to build a team to fit him but the communication disconnect in personnel moves is very strange?

        • ra

          Yes, I wasn’t sure if D’Antoni was really surprised by the move, actually. I saw an episode of backstage Lakers, and it appeared as though he was in on the decision making process.

          If he isn’t, that’s not good news. If Kobe isn’t in on the personnel changes, that’s sort of up to management. He had a say in the past, not so sure about the future. But the coach is technically ‘somewhat part of’ management, right? Decisions have to be made that fit in with the coaches style (esp. D’Antoni’s style, or for example Popovich’s style).

          Was D’Antoni really surprised? Or was he being PC for the team, in order to appear as though he was not part of the decision process?

          Either way, it’s not good for morale if the team isn’t happy about the move.

          • Daryl Peek

            I think he was. D’Antoni is not good at minding his tongue when it comes to being genuine. He speaks his mind to a fault at times when he’s pressed to the point of frustration.

            The team was sold on fighting for each other in the off-season and that showed in how they overachieved up til 10-9 without Kobe coupled with a gimpy disgruntled Gasol. As the injuries mounted and tough decision cuts were made the fight in them fractured. This was never more clearer after the Shawne Williams cut. The Suns game fiasco was no surprise to me . There was a build up to it.

            By the time we got well into the new year, injuries and the dark cloud hanging over the team seemed to have completely overtaken the collective spirit of the team as they have not been able to muster the will or endurance to fight for a full 4 quarters to get wins.

            My fear is how will all of this affect those that return next season? The fractured team character mindset can be problematic in the carryover.

  • ra

    “It’s not personal. This is strictly business” – Michael Corleone, after planning the execution of Solazzo & Mcluskey.

  • Swaggy Rambo

    Fuck Kendall’s slow ass, punk ass, can’t defend his team-mates ass. No one cares about his opinion.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    The Lakers did a salary dump and the negative reactions are coming out because of it.Not very many fans get excited when they see a player that they like get traded for some cash considerations or in this case 2 prospects that are not hot right now.Jerry West loves the Lakers and he works for the Warriors so hopefully he packaged 2 young prospects that will flourish with the Lakers.

    Scrappy Steve Blake is a heady point guard with a nice touch from the outside,he can defend and Blake has decent passing skills and he was a good guy for the Lakers.Blake always hustled hard,gave it his all.Blake=Solid Veteran.

    • Chrmngblly

      So true. If only the useless Steve Nash would retire or just get out of the way. He’s sucking up $9.7M and plugging up the roster for the 2nd year in a row. Now we have to get rid of solid players like Blake to squeeze under the cap. Shameful.

      D-Fishesque is a hell of a word, C*Harris.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    It’s part of sports and business in general.

  • Rhinestone

    PER SB Nation very insightful information regarding the trade.Brooks and Bazemore were just tossed in for salary,not at all wanted by the Lakers.

    The Golden State Warriors’ previous attempt to fix their backup point guard problem saw them ship out Toney Douglas and bring in Jordan Crawford. Unsatisfied with the results of that, they sought again to fix it with another deal, reportedly acquiring Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for little-used MarShon Brooks and Kent Bazemore.

    The trade is simple on the surface, but relies upon some collective bargaining agreement rules that are confusing and not fully understood. The deal is intricate in its operation and requires a precise breakdown to understand how it works. Even the most minor trades, as we’ll see, can be so very complicated.

    Golden State entered this week with two significant Traded Player Exceptions (TPEs), acquired in their offseason deal with the Utah Jazz. These are from the $9,835,920 remaining on the Richard Jefferson exception, and the $4 million exception for Brandon Rush. Conveniently — and certainly not coincidentally — Blake is earning exactly $4 million this season. It is immediately apparent how Golden State can acquire Blake: by incorporating his salary into the Rush TPE.

    However, absorbing Blake in this manner without sending out any salary in return would put the Warriors $1,711,221 over the luxury tax line. And as the Lakers will tell you, you don’t pay tax for Steve Blake. Therefore, as the two most redundant players on the roster, Brooks’s $1,210,080 and Bazemore’s $788,872 (which counts as $884,293 in luxury tax calculations to whichever team he is on) must be sent out to help the Warriors achieve this aim.

    On the surface, this is prohibited by the inclusion of Brooks. A fairly well-known rule states that players acquired by trade cannot be traded again for two months after their initial acquisition unless traded on their own, which Brooks seemingly isn’t here. Having been acquired in the aforementioned Crawford trade on January 15, it appears Brooks cannot be traded again alongside Bazemore in this way.

    This rule, however, is often misunderstood. Specifically, it actually states that players cannot be traded within two months of acquisition if their salary is being aggregated with that of another. It is a common misconception that players privy to this rule cannot be dealt in multi-player trades. In actuality they can, as long as the trade is structured as separate, parallel trades in which the relevant player’s salary is not aggregated. Because of the Warriors’s use of a TPE to absorb Blake, Brooks’s salary is not being used in this way, and thus he is able to be sent out in the trade despite the presence of Bazemore.

    Because it is big enough to absorb Blake’s deal, the use of the Rush TPE also allows Golden State to create two new TPE’s equal to Brooks’ and Bazemore’s salaries. They can do this because each team is able to structure the trade in the way which suits them best, even if said structure is different to how other parties do it. There can be multiple ways to conduct the same trade, and this is evident and important in the creation and usage of TPEs.

    This confusing process is best illustrated by way of example. Suppose team A has an $8 million player X, a $5 million TPE and a $3 million TPE, while team B (conveniently!) has a $5 million player Y and a $3 million player Z. Suppose players Y and Z from team B are traded for the $8 million player X from team A alone.

    From team B’s perspective, the deal is simply players Y and Z and their $8 million aggregated salary in exchange for player X from team A. However, team A can structure the deal so that player Y is absorbed by the $5 million TPE and player Z by the $3 million TPE, thereby allowing them to send out player X for no incomming salary, thereby creating a fresh $8 million TPE for player X. It is perfectly permissible to structure the trade in this way despite it being different to the structure used by the other party, as long as the structure for each party satifies the CBA. And the rule whereby all parties to a trade must give up something in the deal is satisfied by the fact that player X is traded.

    Essentially, the trade is both one big deal and three parallel smaller ones at the same time. The need to trade something for something is satisfied in the overall deal and thus does not need to be satisfied in each parallel smaller one.

    Confusing though it may be, this use of structure is vital in trade machinations, including this one. From the Lakers’ point of view, this deal can be structured so that Blake’s outgoing $4 million is swapped for Brooks’s incoming $1,210,080. This created a TPE for them equal to the difference between the two player’s salaries ($2,789,920). They then absorb Bazemore via the minimum salary exception (which can be used to both sign and trade for players earning the minimum salary for one or two seasons, despite being much better known for the former), so that his arrival need not cut into the newly-created TPE amount. The Lakers then have one year to use that TPE, should they wish to.

    From Golden State’s point of view, Blake is absorbed via the $4 million Rush TPE, while both Brooks and Bazemore are sent out for no returning salary. The only returning salary, Blake, was absorbed by the TPE; thereby new TPE’s are created equal to their salaries.

    Both sides’ structures, then, satisfy the CBA. The overall deal sees both teams trade something in accordance with the “no something for nothing” rule, and at no point is Brooks’s salary aggregated with another, thereby making his inclusion permissible. And both sides somehow dodge some luxury-tax payments in the process.

    It’s not an easy concept to understand, but it is more commonplace than you’d think. Luckily, Steve Blake is on hand to show us how.

  • Rhinestone

    Lakers should waive both incoming players.

  • Cdwilli1

    Is this real? Yeah Steve Blake was a hard working player and by all accounts a good man too but let me remind you guys who we are talking about here… Blake was by all accounts terrible his first 2 years with the Lakers. Plus he had a major role in our playoff series losses to the Thunder and Mavs. So his stats improved under D’Antoni…pretty much every point guard in the world’s would. I respect what he did but this is clearly a win for the Lakers, especially if his elbow is still giving him troubles

    • vdogg

      he still IS a hard working player and good man.