The veteran point guard
will be held out of any impact exercises for about three weeks. Los Angeles opens training camp next Monday, Oct. 1, and play their first preseason game on Oct. 7th.
Newly acquired center Dwight Howard
also won’t be participating immediately in Lakers camp while recuperating from offseason back surgery.
Blake is expected to be Steve Nash
’s backup this season. Blake averaged 5.2 points and 3.3 assists last season for the Lakers in his second season with the club while primarily backing up Derek Fisher
and Ramon Sessions
Blake is entering his 10th NBA
season having spent time with the Los Angeles Clippers
, Portland Trail Blazers
, Denver Nuggets
, Milwaukee Bucks
and Washington Wizards
over the course of his career, averaging 6.9 points and 3.9 assists per game.