West wrote:Nope. 2y/8m isn't toxic. Blake is still a solid backup.
Financially it isn't toxic, but on the court it is downright lethal to the team.
He is not a solid backup. He's an inconsistent role player that is overpaid and at 4 million you have to be pretty bad to be considered overpaid.
He needs to be amnestied / traded / forced into retirement for a couple of reasons:
1.) Mike Brown is in love with him. He will get 25-30 minutes a night if we don't upgrade our roster. He will take minutes away from both the PG and SG position. Brown will roll with veterans he loves, until he is forced to go with something else (I.E. the veteran isn't on the team anymore)
2.) Way too inconsistent. He will be non-existent on the road and will show up every other home game. For 4 million dollars that is downright pathetic. I can name 3 players combined salaries equal Blake's and put up a helluva lot better stats.
- Nate Rob / Pietrus / Delonte West
3.) How are we supposed to get better with him on the roster? He's not getting any better and from his time here, he's only going to get worse. He's had two years to show something and has come up blank both times. When Steve Blake saves your team from a 1st round exit to the Denver Nuggets because he went off 1 game, it's time to blow s*** up.
4.) He brings nothing off the bench. He dribbles around and makes horizontal passes, doesn't penetrate, reluctant to take shots and just isn't what we need going forward.
A solid backup is not Steve Blake. A solid backup is the 3 guys I named above. Steve Blake doesn't even come close in that regard.
If he's on the roster next season, it means it's Sessions/Blake and that isn't taking us anywhere.
I will celebrate when he's off the team and I'm praying it's before this season because I can't take another season of him being Brown's pet.
Ship him to Portland and save the amnesty.