John Canzano reports (via RealGM)
Steve Blake has agreed to a four-year deal with the Lakers, according to a report from John Canzanao.
Good news – the Lakers upgraded their point guard position and signed a player who fits in very well with their team.
Bad news – the Lakers didn’t get Mike Miller is hugely superior player to Steve Blake.
Update: Unconfirmed reports of four years $16 million for Blake. That would be a good deal for LA, allow them to keep a little extra money for one more signing too.
Update: Multiple outlets are now reporting that it is indeed a $16 million four year contract.
The Lakers need to spend the remainder of their MLE on a wing player in case Luke Walton fails to recover fully from his back injury.
ESPN has an update
Derek Fisher wants to come back to the Lakers and the Lakers have said they want the point guard on five championship teams to return.
If only it were that simple.
A source with knowledge of the discussions between Fisher’s representative and the team says that no offer was made in an initial conversation that took place shortly after the free agent negotiating period began at 9:01 p.m. on June 30.
The team told Fisher he was their top offseason priority, the source said, but Fisher has had to brace himself for the possibility of leaving the Lakers if the team doesn’t make him what he’d consider a fair offer.
The Lakers preference is not to offer Fisher more than a one year deal in the $2.5 million range. Fisher doesn’t want to accept that much of a pay cut after earning over $5 million last season during the Lakers championship run.
I think the Lakers are being more than fair with Fisher.
Personally, I wouldn’t have enough confidence in Fisher being able to repeat his postseason success of this past season and would not offer Fisher a rotation role as a result. Only a veteran’s minimum as a third string point guard.
I think the Lakers should look to someone like Roger Mason Jr to be their backup point guard.
As for Fisher’s contract demands, I think they are unrealistic. I would be astonished if anyone offered him that much cash.