Steve Blake, Chris Duhon Available Via Trade

The Lakers have "made it clear to the rest of the league" that Steve Blake or Chris Duhon are on the trading block and could be had in a deal, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein. No trades involving either player are imminent, but Stein wonders if the duo could draw more interest down the road when injuries begin to pile up around the league and outlooks aren't so "rosy."

Blake, 32, has suffered a dip in production since joining the Lakers two seasons ago, and still has two years remaining on his contract at $4MM annually. As such, Duhon could be the more attractive trade target for any interested teams. The 30-year-old hasn't been at the top of his game in recent years either and is also under contract for two more years, but his $3.75MM salary in 2013/14 is only guaranteed for $1.5MM.

Within Stein's piece, the ESPN.com scribe adds that if the Lakers are able to move Blake or Duhon, it's possible the team could re-add Derek Fisher to its roster, assuming the veteran point guard is still on the market. Considering the Lakers are ineligible to re-sign Fisher until March 15th, 2013, the one-year anniversary of their trade that sent him to Houston, it's very possible the 38-year-old will have found work elsewhere by then.

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Marty Susman
3 years 9 months ago

None of the three should be on a team that is trying to win it all. Fish could sign as an asst. Coach & that would be fine but they need a young man to fill in for Nash. They also really really need a three point shooter to open the floor for them…

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Marty Susman
3 years 9 months ago

Truth be told without the hype the Lakers have a “old”Nash, an “old” Kobe, an “injured” Dwight as well as an awkward Pau & who the heck knows with World. I am shocked every time I hear people talk about a super great season & them wining it all…… They tried the lets add the old guys a while back & it was sad to see & they sure as heck are doing the same thing again.

This season will be the same, only this time the old guys will break down & the propaganda will be “it was injuries”, never… Read more »

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Matt Grieve
3 years 9 months ago

Bad argument all around. Firstly, Lakers made the finals with the Payton/Malone squad…if making the finals is “sad to see”, then you are right. I on the other hand enjoy seeing the Lakers in the finals.

If you are trying to compare the Gary Payton/Karl Malone era to the Steve Nash/Dwight Howard era you have made a few errors:

Karl Malone was 40 when he became a Laker. Dwight Howard is in his prime and is the top Center in the game today.

Gary Payton and Steve Nash are very different players. Steve Nash has averaged 43% on threes… Read more »

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Hannibal8us
3 years 9 months ago

You’re aware that that team of old guys they got awhile back, made it to the NBA Finals before getting knocked out? So much for it being sad to see. Besides that team was plagued more by lack of chemistry than lack of talent, this team has all the talent and actually likes each other. I’m not saying guaranteed championship but on paper there isn’t another team nearly as talented as this one. Lastly the only player with an injury concern is Howard and I’ll take his injury concern over Bynum’s any day of the week. I understand that people… Read more »

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Bowman Douglas Thomas IV
3 years 9 months ago

The Lakers have never done this before the team you speak of 03 – 04 team had no bench at all. If you remember Malone at 40 went down with a career ending injury and Medvidenko along with rookie Luke walton backed up the 3. You also had Payton who was a shoot first guy and had lost his defensive edge and refused to learn the triangle that team only had four former alstars this team has 6 former alstars Nash Kobe Meta Pau Dwight and Jamison thats 6! Dwight is going to be back at 100% and wont… Read more »

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Big Mike
3 years 9 months ago

GREAT breakdown!!! Really impressive points that I have considered after hearing all the hype about the strength and expectations of this year’s Lakers team. At first I wondered how a defensive-minded coach like Mike Brown could make the offensive potential of this new Lakers squad a real force in the league, but I feel much better with the mention of Eddie Jordan as the guy that will provide coaching leadership on the offensive side of the ball in the Princeton offense!

Thank you for helping to put my concerns to rest! Go Lakers!!!

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hawg303
3 years 9 months ago

Just read the 3 so called old and hurt names you just listed.
You would be a fool to count them out!!! Duh!!

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Bowman Douglas Thomas IV
3 years 9 months ago

The Lakers should move both Steve Blake and Duhon I think Blake makes the offense stagnate and we settle for threes when he is on the floor he reminds me of Chucky Atkins except he can’t run the break Duhon dribbles with his head down. This would force Mike Brown to develop Morris or sign a good free agent

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Eljay
3 years 9 months ago

I say swing both of um n sum in a deal for Jose Calderon

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msrita
3 years 9 months ago

They suck rocks. Good Job Lakers,

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borsalino12
3 years 9 months ago

I am not a hater, I am die hard Lakers fan since 1982, but unlike many fans here, I am realistic.With players like Blake, Duhon, Morris, Meeks, Goudelock, E.Clark , D.J-Odom and R.Sacre, we can not even win the West. And seven of our nine rotation players are way over their primes and already aged. Do you think 38 y.o. Steve Nash can guard a younger opponents like D.Ross, R.Rondo, D.Williams, Ch.Paul or R.Westbrook? Do you think a 33 y.o Paulina Gasolina can guard Kevin Durant, K.Love or Blake Griffin. What about 33 y.o. Meta against Lebron James. Oh,OK! Lebron… Read more »

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Brad Cordova
3 years 8 months ago

The lakers can sign Fisher today if they want to, the writer doesnt know what hes talking about, Fisher can sign with the Lakers because he never picked up his player option for this season and got bought out by the rockets, it turn making him a unrestricted free agent and can come to the lakers if he wants to. “side note” he has been practicing at the lakers “and clippers” practice facilities all off season.

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HoopsRumors
3 years 8 months ago

Yeah, at the time this story was published, it was still believed that Fisher had exercised his option as part of a buyout with the Rockets. A few days later, Marc Stein reported that that wasn’t the case, and that he was eligible to rejoin the Lakers, which we covered at the time: link to hoopsrumors.com...

— Luke

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