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LGW: Steve Blake Trade: Why It Was the Right Move For The Warriors

(Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)

(Photo: Danny Moloshok/AP)

When the Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday that they had acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers yesterday in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, it was a bittersweet moment for the players in the Warriors’ locker room.

Bazemore was the heart and soul of this Warriors team. However, Bazemore struggled to recapture the magic that he displayed in the NBA Summer League prior to this season.

Even though it’s hard to see such a spirited, passionate player like Bazemore go, this was the right move for the Warriors.

There are many benefits to this trade. First of all, this was a smart trade from a financial standpoint. With this trade, the Warriors were able to stay under the luxury tax, and they were able to preserve their $9.8 million trade exception.

Blake is set to become a free agent at the end of this season. His $4 million contract this season was absorbed by the Warriors’ trade exception that was created in the Andre Iguodala trade.

Also, by trading two players for one, the Warriors now have one open roster spot. The flexibility of an open roster spot has underrated value. If the Warriors want to add one more player later on in the season, they won’t have to cut anyone. They can simply add a player to their active roster.

Second, Blake’s style of play will fit in well with the Warriors. He’s a tough, gritty player who can handle the ball, play off the ball, initiate the offense, find open teammates, and shoot threes.

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LGW: Jordan Crawford Warriors Trade Already Paying Off

Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images

Layne Murdoch Jr./Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors boast the best starting lineup in the NBA. However, the biggest criticism for the Warriors this season has been the lack of scoring from the bench.

To address this problem, the Warriors made a change. They acquired Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics last Wednesday in a three-team trade.

Although Brooks is a solid player with lots of potential, Crawford is expected to have a larger role off the bench than Brooks.

In Crawford, they acquired a 6-foot-4 combo guard who is averaging 13.2 points and 5.5 assists per game this season. The Warriors acquired Crawford because of his scoring and his ability to handle the ball.

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