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Popular New York Knicks Target Steve Blake Signs with Portland Trail Blazers

July 10th, 2014 at 6:20 PM
By Matt Agne

Veteran point guard Steve Blake was thought to be a sure target for the New York Knicks. After all, he's well versed in the triangle offense and wouldn't break the bank. However, things changed once the Knicks pulled of a trade with the Dallas Mavericks to land Jose Calderon.

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After Phil Jackson was able to fleece the Dallas Mavericks and get them to take the contract of Raymond Felton the New York Knicks were no longer prioritizing another point guard. After all, they had not only dumped Felton and Chandler on Dallas but also taken Jose Calderon of their hands.

Calderon is a point guard with a lot of shooting guard skills that should fit the triangle offense very well. As a result, the team did not pursue Steve Blake and instead concentrated on trade talks and the re-signing of Carmelo Anthony. While looking for interested trade partners and waiting on Anthony's free agency decision, Blake was able to get another contract.

Blake spent parts of four seasons with the Blazers over two separate stints. Despite his affection for the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors, he was enamored with the idea of returning to play in Portland.

The Lakers are busy trying to convince one of both of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to come to Los Angeles. The Warriors moved on from Blake, replacing him with Shaun Livingston. Blake is still an above-average backup at this point, but he's not a starting level point guard.

While Blake would have been a quality backup for Jackson to bring in behind Calderon the Knicks are much better off using the mini mid-level exception on another position. Hopefully Blake will enjoy his time with the Trail Blazers. He's not as good as he was the first two times he played there. However, the Knicks are better off that he decided to head to Portland for a third stint.

Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Dallas Mavericks, Jose Calderon, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Raymond Felton, Steve Blake

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