The Warriors have acquired Steve Blake from the Los Angeles Lakers, giving coach Mark Jackson a much-needed floor general. In return, the Warriors send reserve guards Kent Bazemore and MarShon Brooks. But the key is they did it without paying the luxury tax, which was a sticking point for Golden State.

The Warriors are about $2 million from the luxury tax. Blake's salary cap figure is $4 million this season.

The Lakers, looking to cut money, wanted the Warriors' traded player exception. That would essentially lop $4 million off their salary cap, which is $8 million considering they are over the tax and paying a penalty. But the Warriors weren't willing to go into the tax for Blake, the veteran point guard known for his shooting and reliability. Getting the Lakers to take back $2 million in salary combined in Bazemore and Brooks makes this a good deal for Golden State.

The Warriors are still under the tax. They still have their traded player exceptions, which they can use as they continue to look for deals. And they got a backup point guard.

Blake and Jordan Crawford, who was acquired from Boston with Brooks last month, give the Warriors a pair of options behind Stephen Curry. Both can play shooting guard next to Curry. Both give the Warriors starting-quality guards off the bench. Blake is more of a point guard than Crawford, which could free him up to do what he does best: score.

The Warriors are not done hunting. Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson are getting a lot of interest. With a $9 million traded player exception, the Warriors are still in play to be a third team and add a player they want (they now have an open roster spot).

League sources said there is some interest in David Lee, who is on the books for two years, $30.4 million after this season, especially paired with Barnes. But pulling the trigger would no doubt need to be an absolute no-brainer for the Warriors, who would be retooling midseason by giving up two members of their core. The most likely move for the Warriors would be using their traded player exceptions to secure more bench help. Such player would have to be worthy of going over the tax, however.

Another note: the Warriors are interested in keeping Blake long term. If he produces and the price is right, he could stick as a reliable backup to Curry. If Blake produces, you've got to figure the Warriors won't want to lose him like they did Jarrett Jack.

Contact Marcus Thompson II at mthomps2@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/ThompsonScribe.