As I reported earlier during the NBA Free Agent Moratorium, the Trail Blazers had agreed to sign free agent center Chris Kaman for the full mid-level exception. What was not reported then, but rather just this morning was Blazer GM Neil Olshey’s decision to sign former Blazer guard Steve Blake to a 2-year, $4.2 million contract, the full bi-annual exception.
Blake, who has already served two previous stints in the Portland area, started last season with the Los Angeles Lakers but was traded mid-season to the Golden State Warriors. He averaged seven points and six assists per game in 55 showings last season.
While he won’t provide the same scoring Mo Williams was able to last season for the Trail Blazers, expect him to score anywhere from seven to 10 points per game while dishing out five to seven assists per game. Also, one thing that can’t be seen on stat sheets is the toughness and defensive tenacity he is known to provide. He is a solid addition to the roster, especially given his price.
I won’t detail Kaman in this article, as I have already done so.
How do you feel about these two moves? Let me know in the comments!
Until next time,
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