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Lakers Rumors: Chris Duhon, Steve Blake on the Trading Block?

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Trade rumors surrounding the Los Angeles Lakers are starting to circulate once again with the front office possibly looking to move one or two pieces.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Lakers are attempting to create an open spot in the backcourt by moving Chris Duhon or Steve Blake:

“Sources with knowledge of the Lakers’ thinking say that the team is already trying to create a backcourt opening, having made it clear to the rest of the league that Chris Duhon and Steve Blake are available via trade to any interested party willing to absorb one of those contracts.”

Even though Duhon and Blake are career-backups, both players are a set to make a good chunk of change for the upcoming season. Blake will make $4 million while Duhon will earn $3.65 million. Not bad for the role these guys play as backups for Steve Nash.

If the Lakers decide to move Blake or Duhon it may be a way to bring in Derek Fisher at a later date as Stein suggests. Fisher waiting around until March doesn’t seem likely scenario with the five-time NBA champion almost certainly getting one or more offers from teams before that time, but it remains a possibility moving forward.

The backup point guard position has been a big question mark for the Lakers over the summer and during training camp as there hasn’t been a viable option behind Nash. With the 38-year-old Nash leading the way, the Lakers don’t have much insurance if he goes down at some point during the season and that may also be a motivating factor in potentially moving Blake or Duhon.

If Kupchak is able to move one of these contracts, the team would be able to go out and sign a backup like Leandro Barbosa. With a combo guard like Barbosa, the Lakers would become that much more dynamic in the backcourt along with saving money as they’d be able to lock him up for contract similar to Jodie Meeks’ deal.

It remains to be seen what the team will do moving forward, but it appears Kupchak and company may not be done wheeling and dealing.

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  • Eyedentity51

    Hell yeah we need better back ups as far as the back court goes!!! Steve Blake is pure garbage!!! Tried to give him the benefit of the doubt before, but no more!!! Definitely need better talent backing up Kobe and Nash – otherwise everytime they sit down the lead that was achieved will dwindle… GET TO WORK MITCH!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DANNYKB24 Danny Alvarez

    Carlos Arroyo for the veteran and hi play with howard in magic uniform

  • Gerwinsantos

    Yes we need Barbosa in LAkers uniform, as back up PG or SG to add more depth on our bench. The other name might be Jose Calderon, He will fit nice to Lakers!!!

  • Plexer92

    Steve blake is garbage he sucks he won’t be a good backup he was the second worst guard in the nba.

  • Plexer92

    They could just amnesty blake.
    Th

    • Statik Kill

      No they can’t. The amnesty period is over.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000062287256 Samuel Campbell

      Lakers are holding on to that amnesty chip like a precious gem….When they do use it…watch out!!

  • Kwame Brown

    bring back smush parker!

    • Just a Laker fan

      Yep, and Chris Mihm wait and bench kobe and let luke be starter then we can see if we can sign iverson only if he goes to practice.  

  • aq

    blake should have been moved for felton but the lakers backed out of the deal last year for what ever reason

  • Just a laker fan

    Wow really not one comment about keeping Blake anyone remember game 7 Denver ? Really come on guys Blake has been here two years and has done a decent job I say keep him

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1175266207 Art Aguilar

    Lets do it…BARBOSA OR BUST!!! 

  • Kmac_321

    Barbosa please… who cares if hes not a point guard ERRR!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002677445942 Smalls Morgan

    Let djo get the back up spot great young shooter can jump out the building and plays good defense let him learn how pass from one of the best passers in the game and he could be top ten pg in the league (A+ potential)

  • Jamesbolden2005

    The player the Laker should try to get is Jimmer Fredette from Sacramento.  If you let Steve Nash train him, he could become your guard for the future.  Sacrament is not real high on him, so you could get him cheap $1 or 2 mil.  He can shoot lights out from any distance like Nash, he’s young, run the floor and pass well. Unfortunately like Nash not great on defense, but could be a great lead guard with the right teacher – Like Nash!

  • Claydog

    “If Kupchak is able to move one of these contracts, the team would be able to go out and sign a backup like Leandro Barbosa. With a combo guard like Barbosa, the Lakers would become that much more dynamic in the backcourt along with saving money as they’d be able to lock him up for contract similar to Jodie Meeks’ deal.”

    -so why would’nt any propective team do just that…instead of signing Blake and obsorbing his 4 million dollar contract?

  • renato casanova

    Get rid of both in separate trades someone mentioned fredette, sounds like it could work.. or a three team trade unloading the whole pg bench duhon blake glock morris djo all of them to get 1 decent backup pg…also we could package ebanks with say blake or duhon and keep cdr as back up sf..we all know the roster is not going to stay this way when its all said and done half of these back ups will not be there, looking foward for what tricks kupchec has up his sleeve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.lawrence.3939 Chris Lawrence

    Rajon Rondo might be a good consideration

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.lawrence.3939 Chris Lawrence

    Rajon Rondo might be a good consideration

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