NEW YORK — Warriors guard Steve Blake is impressed with the team one week after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers and open to re-signing with Golden State as a free agent after the season.
“I can’t lie,” Blake said Friday. “I wonder where I’ll be next year. If I had the opportunity to be here, I would love it.
“I already knew from the outside that they were a special team. I didn’t realize what a great group of guys it was and how nice it is to play for Coach (Mark) Jackson. Those are all things that I’ll be looking for, for a place I’d like to finish off my career at.”
Blake, who turned 34 last week, has averaged 4.8 points and 2.5 assists in four games since arriving from the Lakers, who looked to save money in the final year of his four-year, $16 million contract.
Blake starter every game this season for the Lakers and has been a reserve for the Warriors, who have an established backcourt. He said he wouldn’t mind accepting that bench role with the team next season as well.
“One of the most important things is winning,” Blake said. “I don’t know if I want to go start on a team that’s going to win 20, 30 games that’s rebuilding. At this point in my career, I don’t think that’s what I’m looking for. If my role is to come off the bench like it is right now and contribute in that way and we’re winning, I’m all for it. That’s all I want to do is win right now, and I think this team has a chance to really do that.”