The Blazers were able to part with Blake because of the development of Jerryd Bayless and the presence of Andre Miller. Blake returned to Portland before the 2008-09 season and was a starter for much of last season. He began this season in the Blazers' starting lineup as well before taking on a reserve role in December. In 51 games, Blake was averaging 7.6 points and 27 minutes per game for the Blazers.
From the Clippers' press release:
Blake, 29, is in his seventh NBA season and is averaging 7.6 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 51 games in 2009-10. In his career, the former University of Maryland star has appeared in 470 NBA games, making 289 starts with career averages of 7.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds. Originally drafted in the second round (38th overall pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards, Blake is a career 39 percent three-point shooter and has played for a total of five teams, spending time with the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets as well as the Wizards and Trailblazers.
Clippers GM Mike Dunleavy says, in his own press release:
"We made this deal to add younger players at multiple positions of need. We shored up our backup point guard position and added mobility, range shooting and versatility to our front line. Steve Blake is an accomplished point guard in this league who plays starters minutes and led Portland to the playoffs last year.
(Dunleavy stepped away from being the team's coach earlier this month, handing the coaching reins over to assistant (now interim head coach) Kim Hughes, but is staying on in his role as General Manager.)