June 20 -- Steve Blake will be a Blazer for another season.
The veteran point guard exercised the player option on the second year of his contract yesterday to return for his sixth season with the Blazers. He indicated at the end of the season that he would do just that.
Blake and the team agreed on a two-year contract last summer. Blake played for the Blazers from 2005 to 2006 and 2007 to 2010. He was traded to the Clippers along with Travis Outlaw on trade deadline day 2010 in the deal which brought Marcus Camby to Portland.
He will return to his role as the primary backup to Damian Lillard at point guard.
He averaged 4.3 points and 3.6 assists in 19 minutes last season.
He has averaged 6.7 points and 4.0 assists over his career, with the best year of his career coming in 2008-09 with the Blazers where he averaged 11.0 points and 5.0 assists while starting in all 69 games in which he played. He also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range over his career.
"Having Steve Blake, a veteran guard out there that can make plays, make life easier for Dame, because Dame can play off the ball some and get easy shots," said forward LaMarcus Aldridge following the Blake signing last summer. "Steve’s very good at getting easy shots for guys like Wes and Nico. He should be good for us."
Blake, who will be entering his 13th season in the league, has also played for the Wizards, Bucks, Nuggets, Clippers, Lakers and Warriors.
Blake, who owns a home in Portland, attended the University of Maryland.
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