The white flag has been unrolled. It's about to be waved.
The Lakers traded versatile veteran guard Steve Blake to Golden State on Wednesday for young, seldom-used shooting guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks, a deal that saved the Lakers about $4 million in salary and luxury taxes in a season going nowhere.
The Lakers did not receive any draft picks while giving up a player in the midst of a career year. The trade deadline is Thursday at noon PST.
The Lakers might also part with forward-center Jordan Hill before the trade deadline.
Hill, 26, gets $3.5 million this season and will be a free agent in July. He is averaging 8.5 points and seven rebounds in only 19.5 minutes a game before Wednesday.
The Brooklyn Nets were well over the salary cap but could slide Hill into the $5.3-million injured-player exception they received from the NBA when Brook Lopez underwent season-ending foot injury last month. Yahoo! Sports first reported the Nets' interest in making a deal for Hill.
Blake seemed stunned, if not irritated, by the trade, which was finalized about an hour before the Lakers played the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. He was wearing his warmups when told he was traded.
"Real mixed emotions," he said after giving quick goodbyes to teammates, coaches and team personnel. "The hardest thing is for my family, really. I've got a wife and three little kids and now I'm going to have to spend four months probably away from them."
Blake, 33, averaged 9.5 points and 7.6 assists a game in his fourth season with the Lakers. He is being paid $4 million this season and becomes a free agent in July. He did not rule out returning to the Lakers next season.
"Absolutely. I've loved my time here," he said. "When you spend someplace this long, you start to get comfortable and we loved where we lived and loved the schools my kids were in, always loved the support of the fans and ownership.
"This is one of the best places I've ever played at, and in the future if they wanted me back, I absolutely, definitely would consider it."
The newest Lakers, Bazemore and Brooks, are each free agents this summer.
Bazemore, 24, is averaging only 2.3 points in 44 games of his second NBA season. He is paid $762,195 and is considered a good defensive player with solid work ethic.
Brooks, 25, is averaging only 2.6 points in 17 games of his third NBA season. Considered a gunner, he will be with his fourth franchise. He is getting $1.3 million this season.
Blake joins a fairly crowded backcourt with All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and up-and-coming shooting guard Klay Thompson. The Warriors also acquired reserve guard Jordan Crawford recently from Boston.
"I'm going to obviously a really, really good team," Blake said. "How I fit in, I don't know. But we'll figure it out. I've got a lot of respect for them there and I look forward to getting to know them."
Blake thanked Coach Mike D'Antoni, who used him at shooting guard and point guard this season.
"I loved playing for Coach D'Antoni, the freedom he gave me as a player to go out there and be successful," Blake said. "I'm totally grateful for that."No love for Lakers
Minnesota forward Kevin Love is clearly in the Lakers' plans for July 2015, when he can opt out of his contract and sign a four-year deal as a free agent.
But Love didn't seem real committed to the Lakers at this point.
"People think it's so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota," Love told GQ magazine before downgrading the Lakers. "We have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun."