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Portland Trail Blazers Guard Steve Blake Will Exercise Contract Option

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Jabari Young of CSNNW reports that Blake doesn't intend to retire after the season.

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Jabari Young of CSNNW is reporting that Steve Blake intends to exercise his contract option for next season, his 13th tour of duty in the NBA.

At age 34 - 35 by week's end - Blake's crossover days are approaching the finish line. In the middle of his 12th season, he admitted to thinking about the retirement, understanding the window for winning a championship is closing. It makes the wins and losses, especially as the playoffs approach, more important.

"I've thought about it for sure," said Blake of retirement. " ... I know I'm in the back stretch, that's why it's so important for us to be so good."

Blake signed a two-year deal with Portland, with a player option worth roughly $2.1 million next season. As of now, Blake said he plans to exercise that option and hoping to play another "year or two" after that.

"I want a championship really bad," Blake said, "and I'm hoping we can get to that level. I only have a few years left to try and get it."

Blake is averaging 4.6 points and 3.7 assists on 37% shooting with a 34% clip from the three-point arc. He sports career numbers of 6.8 points, 4.0 assists, 40% from the field, and 38.5% from distance.

The second year of his contract will pay him roughly $2.1 million.