Chris Kaman, Steve Blake join Blazers

Blake, 34, signed as free agent July 10, 2014

(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, Chris Kaman, Steve Blake and coach Terry Stotts at a news conference to introduce the players, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
(L-R) Blazers GM Neil Olshey, Chris Kaman, Steve Blake and coach Terry Stotts at a news conference to introduce the players, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Portland Trail Blazers signed 11-year NBA veteran Steve Blake to the roster for the third time in his career.

Blake, 34, was signed as a free agent Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Chris Kaman’s signing was announced a few days ago, but Blake signed Thursday and joined General Manager Neil Olshey and coach Terry Stotts at an introductory news conference.

Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

“We have a real comfort level with these guys,” Olshey said, adding it was importnat that the “guys that we bring here want to be here.”

“Steve is the consummate gamer,” said Portland Trail Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey. “His natural leadership skills, ability to run a team and offensive skill set are a natural fit for our roster composition and style of play.”

Blake’s 11-year tour of the NBA includes stops with the Washington Wizards, the Milwaukee Bucks, the L.A. Clippers, the L.A. Lakers and the Golden State Warriors.  Blake played in Portland during the 2005-2006 season, and then again from 2007-2010.

He averaged 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game over the course of his career. But, during his four years with the Trail Blazers, he averaged 8.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.

“Steve is the perfect fit for our team,” said Trail Blazers Head Coach Terry Stotts. “He brings experience, toughness, leadership, shooting and consistent defense. Steve will be a complement to our backcourt and provide mentorship for our young players.”

Chris Kaman addresses the media after signing a free-agent contract with the Blazers, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Chris Kaman addresses the media after signing a free-agent contract with the Blazers, July 10, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

Kaman, 32, holds career averages of 11.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks in 11 seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

“Having played 11 years already, I wanted to go to a spot where I’m going to be able to help a team,” Kaman said. “I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Kaman will wear number 35, while Blake will don jersey number 25.

 

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