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Steve Blake Exercises Player Option with Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers backup point guard Steve Blake exercised his $2.17 million player option for next season, the team announced Friday.

This was an expected move for the veteran point guard, who’s nearing the end of the line in his NBA career. The 35-year-old point guard didn’t play particularly well last year, averaging 4.3 points and 3.6 assists in 18.9 minutes per game.

Blake shot just 37.3 percent overall, although he did shoot a respectable 35.2 percent from three. However, he was an absolute disaster in the Blazers’ first-round series loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged just 1.4 points and 1.6 assists while shooting 18.2 percent overall and 12.5 percent from three in 8.6 minutes per game.

Portland has a big offseason ahead, with LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley MatthewsRobin Lopez and Arron Afflalo all hitting free agency. While those players are the priorities, acquiring an upgrade at backup point guard would be helpful as well, because Blake just doesn’t offer that much anymore.

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