In the weeks leading up to Thursday’s trade deadline, the Los Angeles Lakers were linked to several trade rumors with Pau Gasol once again believed to be the likely candidate to be moved. However, as the deadline passed, Gasol remained a Laker, so too did Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman, and it was instead Steve Blake who had been dealt.
Prior to Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets, the Lakers and Warriors agreed to a trade which sent Blake north in exchange for Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. Hill and Kaman were each shopped to a bevy of Eastern Conference teams, but talks eventually faded due to the Lakers’ reported high demands in exchange for cap relief.
As for the somewhat unexpected trade of Blake, when addressing the media on Thursday, general manager Mitch Kupchak stated the move was done with the idea of giving Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall more playing time.
Lakers Nation News
Pau Gasol Remains With Lakers As NBA Trade Deadline Passes — LA Times
Trade Deadline Passes With No Further Actions From Lakers — OC Reigster
Is The Lakers’ Kendal Marshall The League’s Most Improved Player? — Bleacher Report
Kobe Bryant ‘Not Cool’ With Steve Blake Trade To Golden State — LA Times
Russell Westbrook Cleared To Play — ESPN
Report: Pacers Agree To Trade Danny Granger To Sixers For Evan Turner — SI
Shumpert Sidelined Two Weeks With Knee Injury — NBA.com
Nuggets’ JaVale McGee Has Season-Ending Leg Surgery — Sporting News
Charlotte Upgrades Backcourt Depth, Trades For Gary Neal, Ridnour From Bucks For Sessions — Pro Basketball Talk
Mitch Kupchak: Lakers Future May Not Be Bright For Pau Gasol, Nick Young Or Steve Nash