Lakers Acquire Bazemore and Brooks
EL SEGUNDO – The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guard Steve Blake, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak.
Bazemore, 24, has appeared in 44 games for the Warriors this season, averaging 2.3 points in 6.1 minutes per game. In his two NBA seasons (both with the Warriors), the Old Dominion product holds averages of 2.1 points in 5.1 minutes per game over 105 contests. After not being selected in the 2012 NBA draft, Bazemore was signed by the Warriors as a free agent on July 26, 2012.
Brooks, 25, has appeared in a combined 17 games with Golden state and Boston this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 5.2 minutes per contest. Originally drafted by the Celtics with the 25th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Brooks owns career averages of 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 146 games (49 starts) over three seasons with the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets , Boston and Golden State. As a rookie with New Jersey in 2011-12, the 6’5” swingman averaged 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 56 games (47 starts), earning All-Rookie Second Team honors.
Blake joins his seventh NBA franchise in his 11-year career, where he is averaging 7.0 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 25.2 minutes over 703 games (344 starts). This season, Blake averaged 9.5 points and career-highs with 7.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game in 27 games (all starts) with the Lakers. The 33-year-old Blake missed 26 games between December 13 and January 31 with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.