Tag: Quincy Miller

Brooklyn Nets v Portland Trail Blazers

Steve Blake trys to carve out role as more than just veteran bench presence in Detroit


In Detroit, newly minted max player Reggie Jackson is going to be the starting point guard for Stan Van Gundy. Behind him there is Brandon Jennings, who is coming off a torn Achilles. Jennings may be ready to go when the season tips off, but even if he is Van Gundy may want to go easy on his minutes.

Then there’s veteran Steve Blake.

Van Gundy wanted insurance in case Jennings wasn’t ready to go when the season tips off, plus Van Gundy likes shooters and Blake is a career 38.5 percent from three (35.2 percent last season). So the Pistons traded Quincy Miller for Blake (the trade was with the Nets, who had gotten Blake in a draft night deal with Portland).

Van Gundy was looking for a veteran presence on the bench, but he’s got a suspicion Blake will find his way onto the court, he told the official Pistons’ website.

“That’s one of the things my brother (Jeff) said when we talked about the trade,” Van Gundy grinned. “He said, ‘If I had to bet, I’d say he finds a way to get on the floor no matter what.’ That’s sort of what he’s always done. He’s found a way to play.”

If Blake is playing a lot at age 35 it’s not ideal, it means Jennings isn’t right. Blake game has started to slip in recent years, but he can be solid. What Van Gundy saw in Blake was a professional, a guy who puts in the work, a smart veteran player —the kind needed in the locker room of a young team. He and Joel Anthony are the veteran voices.

“The last two people we (signed) were Joel and Steve. It’s a young team,” Van Gundy said. “We really didn’t get any older. Our starting lineup will average under 25 years old. I’m not sure having all young guys is the best way to develop all those guys. I think we saw the benefits of Caron (Butler) and Joel and Anthony Tolliver last year. Besides what Steve can do on the floor, I think Steve, Joel and Anthony as our only guys over 30 give us veteran guys who are really, really solid pros and good people for those guys to watch and grow up around.”

There certainly are real questions about them, but I’m higher on Detroit next season than a lot of people. Jackson and Andre Drummond showed some chemistry last season. Ersan Ilyasova is a better fit stylistically at the four in Van Gundy’s system than Greg Monroe. I think players like Marcus Morris and rookie Stanley Johnson can make an impact. They need shooters (expect Jodi Meeks’ role to grow) but there is some potential here.

I think this is a playoff team in the East. So long as Blake can be that veteran voice that helps keep the young players on the right path.

Report: Nets doing Earl Clark a favor and waiving him

Brooklyn Nets v Atlanta Hawks- Game One

Earl Clark, after spending most of the season in China, was looking for an NBA contract late last season.

The Nets obliged, but they made the deal a little more advantageous for themselves. In addition to signing Clark for the rest of the season, they added a unguaranteed year to his contract. That would allow them to test him at training camp this year – at no cap cost – before deciding whether to keep him

Clark’s contract would have become $200,000 on Oct. 26, according to Basketball Insiders.

Clark, of course, didn’t want to get stuck going through training camp only to get cut at its conclusion. He wants to pursue overseas deals now if he wasn’t going to make Brooklyn’s team.

So, the Nets are doing him a favor.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Waiving Clark would give Brooklyn 16 players, one more than the regular-season limit. Four players without fully guaranteed contracts – Willie Reed ($500,000 guaranteed), Markel Brown ($150,000 guaranteed), Ryan Boatright ($75,000 guaranteed) and Quincy Miller ($50,000 guaranteed) – are probably competing for the final three roster spots.

That race gets a little easier for them with Clark bowing out.

Nets trade Steve Blake to Detroit for Quincy Miller

Los Angeles Lakers v Portland Trail Blazers

Stan Van Gundy likes shooters. Steve Blake may have other flaws, but he can shoot the rock — a career 38.5 percent from three who shot 35.2 percent from three for the Blazers last year (on draft night Portland traded him to Brooklyn).

Now Van Gundy has Blake to put out there and space the floor.

The Pistons traded for Blake and the Nets will get Quincy Miller, a trade the teams have already announced.

The Nets are expected to waive Miller.

The Pistons are going to start just re-signed Reggie Jackson then they have Blake and Brandon Jennings behind him. Jennings provides playmaking, Blake shooting.