It has been a rough year to say the least for superstar Kobe Bryant. The five-time NBA champion has only played in six games this season due to injuries and has been increasingly frustrated while only being able to watch from the sidelines. Along with not being able to play with a knee fracture, Kobe had to say goodbye to longtime teammate Steve Blake. Kobe wasn't happy about the trade and vented on Twitter on Feb. 20:
Not cool with @SteveBlake5 being gone AT ALL One of my closest teammates and psycho competitor GS picked up gem #smartmove
Blake signed a four-year deal with the Lakers back in July of 2010. The veteran point guard was brought in to help bolster the backcourt after the team came off a second consecutive title run with Kobe and Pau Gasol leading the way.
With the Lakers looking toward the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, Blake was deemed expendable at the NBA trade deadline with his departure opening up more time for newcomer Kendall Marshall and veteran Jordan Farmar.
Despite being dealt to the Golden State Warriors, Blake's deal expires in the off-season leading many to believe that he may simply sign with the Lakers once again as a free agent. It remains uncertain what moves the Lakers may make in the off-season, but bringing back Blake might be a move the team would consider.
As for Kobe, the veteran shooting guard may see many of his teammates leave town this summer. Every player on the current roster outside of Kobe, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre and Marshall are under contract for next season. Nick Young is also under contract for the 2014-15 NBA season, but can opt-out over the summer and is expected to do just that.
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