Friday , Jul , 13 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Portland brings back G Blake

Portland, OR (Sports Network) – The Portland Trail Blazers signed free
agent guard Steve Blake to a three-year contract Friday. Per team policy,
terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 27-year old Blake returns to the team he spent the 2005-06 season with.
The guard averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 4.5 assists, while shooting 41
percent from three-point range in 68 games with the Trail Blazers in 2005-06.

“Steve embodies the kind of culture we’re building here in Portland,” said
Blazers general manger Kevin Pritchard. “He’s an intelligent, hard-working,
team player with a tremendous grasp as to what it takes to play the point
guard position.”

Blake averaged 6.4 points and five assists per game in a 2006-07 season split
between Milwaukee and Denver.

The University of Maryland product is entering his fifth NBA season with
career averages of 6.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists in stints with the
Washington Wizards, Trail Blazers, Bucks and Nuggets.