Source: Steve Blake, Blazers reach agreement

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Source: Steve Blake, Blazers reach agreement
July 10, 2014, 10:00 am
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Steve Blake is coming back home.

The veteran point guard and the Portland Trail Blazers reached an agreement on a two-year deal for the bi-annual with a player option on the second year, league sources informed reported last week that Portland reached out to the representatives of Blake and mutual interest was established.

Blake, 34, will make his fourth stint with the Trail Blazers and will take over backup point guard duties. The Trail Blazers now have 15 players on their roster and all salaries are guaranteed for next season with the exception of Will Barton whose contract becomes fully guaranteed if not waived by the end of July. He isn't expected to be waived.

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This addition likely ends the pursuit of free agent Mo Williams, who was the team’s leading scorer off the bench. Williams’ agent told with the acquisition of Blake, the chances of Mo returning are slimmer, but not completely shut.

“There is a strong market for Mo and Portland knows that,” Mark Bartelstein said. They had to protect themselves by picking up Blake. We still have interest but we’re still looking over our options at this time.”

The 11-year veteran played last season for the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. He has a career average of 6.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He resides in Portland in the offseason.