Blake will sign a contract with the Sydney Kings of the Australian National Basketball League, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports. Blake has been determined to keep his playing career going, but after gaining little traction from NBA teams this offseason, he'll be forced to head overseas to find work. It's quite likely that his days in the NBA are over.
The Pistons recently renounced their rights to Blake, MLive.com's David Mayo reports. The move simply helped facilitate the team's signing of center Boban Marjanovic, and doesn't necessarily indicate the Pistons aren't interested in bringing Blake back. After serving as the primary backup to Reggie Jackson at point guard last season, Blake could be re-signed if he's willing to accept a third-string role. The Pistons signed Ish Smith to a three-year, $18 million deal earlier this offseason, and he'll now be in line to serve as Jackson's top understudy.
Blake scored 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven assists, one rebound, and one steal in 32 minutes during the Pistons' 99-93 loss to the Heat on Tuesday. Blake started in place of Reggie Jackson (abdominal, rest) on Tuesday, and seems fairly likely to draw another start in Wednesday's season finale versus the Cavaliers. The Pistons are locked into a matchup with the Cavaliers in round one of the playoffs, at which point Blake will return to his regular role off the bench.
Blake will start in Tuesday's game against the Heat, radio announcer Jake Chapman reports. Blake is starting due to Reggie Jackson (abdominal) being rested. With Detroit's playoff position locked down the team is likely resting Jackson as a precautionary measure. Blake will likely see a large increase in minutes while Jackson is out. Blake will return to the bench as soon as Jackson returns.
Blake totaled three points (1-3 FG, 1-3 3Pt), six assists, and two rebounds in 16 minutes during the Pistons' 108-104 win against the Magic on Wednesday. Blake averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 assists in 19 minutes per game during March, and through four games in April he is turning in 4.3 points and 4.5 dimes in 15 minutes. Reggie Jackson has been struggling with his shot since the All-Star break, and Blake has been steady when called upon. With that being said, he is merely a modest option in deeper leagues.
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