After multiple reports suggested that big men Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill and Chris Kaman may be traded, the Lakers ultimately decided to part ways with the 34-year-old Blake.
With L.A. currently dead last in the ultra-competitive Western Conference, and making the playoffs are nothing more than a pipe dream, the Purple and Gold are officially set to look forward to the offseason — primarily the stacked 2014 draft and the star-studded free agency.
As a result, it's time for the Lakers to evaluate their current roster.
With Blake in the San Francisco Bay Area, L.A. is left with two healthy point guards in Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak explained the reasoning behind trading Blake:
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"With Kendall and Jordan and of course Steve Nash and Steve Blake, it really got to the point where we needed to free up some time in the backcourt to look at Jordan and give Kendall the time that he's earned — let's review and evaluate where we are with those two players."