The Golden State Warriors acquired veteran point guard Steve Blake on Wednesday from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks.
"The acquisition of Steve Blake will provide us with additional veteran depth at point guard as we enter the stretch run of the season," said Warriors general manager Bob Myers. "He's had a productive career and is a player who can both run an offense and has the ability to shoot the basketball.
"On the other hand, we thank Kent and MarShon for their contributions to our team both on and off the court and wish them success as they enter the next stage of their careers."
Blake was in uniform before Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets when he learned of the trade and began clearing out his locker.
The 11-year NBA veteran fills a need for the Warriors, who were looking for a facilitator to push All-Star guard Steph Curry into a more traditional shooting guard role. Curry dominates the ball in the Warriors' current lineup and coach Mark Jackson was concerned about Curry holding up physically.
Blake, 33, has appeared in 27 games (all starts) for the Lakers this season, averaging 9.5 points to go along with career highs of 7.6 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.26 steals in 33.0 minutes per game.
The Lakers have been a piecemeal outfit these days without Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, their injured veteran backcourt.
Bazemore and Brooks will join the Lakers on Thursday.
Bazemore, 24, has appeared in 44 games with Golden State this season, averaging 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes.
Brooks, 25, was acquired by the Warriors from the Boston Celtics along with Jordan Crawford on Jan. 15 and has played in seven games with the Warriors after making 10 appearances with Boston. The third-year guard holds averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 18.1 minutes in 146 career games with the Warriors, Celtics and Brooklyn Nets.