Kobe Bryant tweets displeasure with Steve Blake trade
FEB 20, 6:17p ET | Glenn McGraw/Gamedayr
Rotowire: May 13 / 12:59p ET
News: Blake logged time in all but one game in the 2014-15 season, averaging 4.3 points (on 37 percent shooting), 3.6 assists, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointers in 19 minutes.
Impact: Making his third turn with the Blazers in his 12-year career, Blake filled the role of Damian Lillard's backup capably for much of the season, but the veteran point guard's production fell off a cliff as the playoffs approached. From Apr. 1 through the Blazers' exit from the postseason, Blake was held scoreless six times in 13 appearances. In particular, his touch from three-point range fell apart -- he shot 25 percent (8-for-32) from beyond the arc during that stretch -- but the run also coincided with CJ McCollum's emergence as an offensive revelation. If Blake exercises his player option in the offseason, as expected, a large portion of his minutes could transfer to McCollum, depending upon how Wesley Matthews' (Achilles) unrestricted free agency proceeds.
Rotowire: Apr 16 / 11:04a ET
News: Blake chipped in 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-7 3Pt), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 26 minutes during Wednesday's season final in Dallas.
Impact: On Monday, the Blazers lost both Nicolas Batum (knee) and CJ McCollum (ankle) to injury, but Blake failed to make an appearance, likely in order to rest for the postseason. With the duo on the pine Wednesday, Blake earned his most work since Dec. 23, and fifth-most run of the season. If Batum and McCollum remain afflicted by their respective ailments in Sunday's playoff opener at Memphis, Blake could play a larger role than normal.
Rotowire: Mar 25 / 11:32a ET
News: Blake contributed 10 points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, one rebound, and one steal in 15 minutes during Tuesday's loss to the Warriors.
Impact: More often than not, Blake's outings are clunkers for fantasy purposes, but he'll occasionally tally an acceptable assist total or hit a few treys. On Tuesday, he was on point in both regards, knocking down multiple threes for the second time in 14 games, while dishing five-plus dimes for the fourth time in March. However, his output since the break -- 3.9 points (on 46 percent shooting), 2.7 assists, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.9 threes in 14 minutes -- doesn't exactly inspire confidence.