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Lakers Roundtable: Discussing Steve Blake with The Times' Lisa Dillman

July 8, 2010 |  3:03 pm

With the Clippers' hiring of Vinny Del Negro as their new coach, the team's courtship of LeBron James and summer league play about to begin, The Times' Lisa Dillman has a lot to monitor. Yet somehow she managed to squeeze in a few minutes to talk with the L.A. Times Lakers blog about the Lakers formalizing a deal Thursday with former Clippers guard Steve Blake on a four-year deal worth $16 million.

Dillman saw Blake play last season after the Clippers acquired him in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers in which the Clippers also got Travis Outlaw and cash for veteran forward Marcus Camby. Dillman also contributed to The Times' Lakers playoff coverage, so she she has terrific insight on what Blake provided to the Clippers and how that can carry over with the Lakers.

Among the highlights:

-- Whether the Clippers have a shot at landing James

-- Dillman's impressions of Blake's play with the Clippers

-- What Blake was like in the locker room and as a teammate

-- What Blake brings to the Lakers

-- How Blake and his wife, Kristen, are already getting a warm reception on Twitter. You can follow Steve here and Kristen here.

You can follow Dillman's Clippers coverage at The Times' website and on Twitter.

-- Mark Medina

Follow the L.A. Times Lakers blog on Twitter: twitter.com/latmedina. E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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