Laker sign Steve Blake

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Steve Blake, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.  Per team policy terms of the contract were not released. We’ll add deal info later today.

Blake, a seven-year NBA veteran, appeared in 80 games (38 starts) last season with the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Clippers, averaging 8.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 27.0 minutes.  Coming to the Clippers as part of a February trade involving center Marcus Camby, Blake posted his first career triple-double (23 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists) in the team’s regular season finale against the Lakers and finished the season ranked 13th league-wide in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.97).

Originally selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round (38th pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft, Blake has averaged 7.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 499 games (299 starts) while shooting .393 from behind the arc for his career.

A 6’3” guard, Blake started in the backcourt as a junior on the University of Maryland’s 2002 NCAA Championship team.  The first player in ACC history to record at least 1,000 points, 800 assists, 400 rebounds and 200 steals, Blake finished his collegiate career as the Terrapins’ all-time leader in assists with a total of 972, then the fifth highest total in NCAA history.