Today’s edition of “Where in the world is Eric Bledsoe?” brings us back to a familiar place: the trade block. Per Matt Moore, Bledsoe’s name is once again popping in trade talks— This time as the centerpiece of two different sign-and-trade deals gaining steam in the rumor mill. The most up-to-date chatter has Bledsoe headed to either Dallas or Milwaukee, with OJ Mayo and JJ Reddick headed back to LA in the potential deals, respectively.
These latest rumors are just more of the same for Bledsoe, as the former Cat is far and away “one of the most attractive commodities on the market in this NBA offseason.” In the last two weeks alone, he has found his naming popping up in possible deals with the Lakers (for Dwight Howard), Celtics (part of a package for Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett), Magic (for Arron Afflalo), and Raptors (for DeMar DeRozan).
Here’s Moore on why Bledsoe has emerged as such a valuable (yet expendable) chip for the Clips this summer:
Waaaay back in March, the Clippers started looking at the Eric Bledsoe situation. Bledsoe established himself coming back from a serious knee injury as one of the best backup point guards in the league. He’s fast, athletic, can create his own shot (even if his percentages aren’t great), can defend, and makes some unbelievable plays with the ball and on defense blocking it in open court. He’s also on a rookie contract. So he’s extremely valuable.
He’s also going to get paid in the summer of 2014. Bledsoe will be a restricted free agent, but the Clippers will also be looking at max extensions kicking in with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordanand Chris Paul along with whoever else they drag in to make a run at a title. So the odds of them being willing to shell out super money for a backup point guard don’t look great.
Wherever he ends up, I have no doubt that Bledsoe will continue to get ish right. And really, that’s all that matters.