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Could two former ‘Cats be trading places?

Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns teammate Archie Goodwin

Eric Bledsoe and Phoenix Suns teammate Archie Goodwin

Eric Bledsoe (center) and Phoenix Suns teammate Archie Goodwin (right)

 

After being selected with the No. 7 overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft and touted as the next great Los Angeles Lakers superstar after Kobe Bryant, there is a now a chance that Julius Randle’s tenure with the Purple & Gold may be over before it even started.

 

 

Whoa is right. Eric Bledsoe is perhaps the most desirable NBA free agent still available on the market, but for Julius Randle to be dealt, it would be nothing less than shocking. Right now, Bledsoe is at odds with his current team, the Suns, over the details of his proposed contract extension. Bledsoe and his agent are reportedly seeking a 5-year, $80 million maximum deal, while Phoenix is offering four years and $48 million for the fifth-year pro.

 

While it is highly unlikely that a sign-and-trade deal that would send Randle, Jordan Hill, and a future first round pick to Phoenix in exchange for Bledsoe will actually occur, stranger things have happened. If you were a betting man, it’d be safe to place your money on Julius remaining in LA. Either way, it will be fun to watch whomever ends up in Phoenix team up with former Wildcat Archie Goodwin as he grows into a formidable NBA player. Then again, there’s a good chance Bledsoe will be taking his talents elsewhere, leaving Archie to develop on his own. No matter the circumstance, one of the many perks of being a Kentucky alumnus in the NBA is that la familia is everywhere.

 

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Article written by Connor Link

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19 Comments for Could two former ‘Cats be trading places?



  1. GOOSE
    2:44 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Maybe Bledsoe and two first round picks for Randle. SUNS staff must be higher than a billy goat.



  2. Delk for 3
    2:59 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    If you read Doron Lamb’s tweet the other night, you would know he thinks that “la familia” stuff is a load of crap. He really was spouting some strange stuff, but then deleted all of his questionable tweets.



    • Rei
      3:01 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      Can understand being mad that all your former teammates are doing better than you.



    • Kevin Ware
      3:02 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      Maybe he was hacked, dawg.



  3. Don
    3:05 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Matt heard this from Bleacher Report i believe..It was from no one considered a good source..Gracious sakes.



    • Agree
      5:04 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      None of the websites I’ve been using to keep up with free agency are reporting this so I find the credibility of it to be pretty low.



  4. Obvious
    3:11 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Regardless of what you think…

    Julius Randle struggled at times being the second fiddle last year. It’s just not his personality.

    You can’t change people. People can change themselves (but I’m not convinced that he was able to completely be ok with not being able to take the rock to the hole when he wanted).

    I can only imagine how that varying struggle would be exacerbated by having an aging Kobie Bryant calling the shots. Kobie hears everyone saying that LeBron and Durant have passed him by. Do you think he’s going to be ok with sharing his shots with an 18 year old while he’s having a midlife identity crisis?

    Bryant has never matured like Jordan did in his later stage. Jordan was a team player. Bryant will butt heads with everyone on the team as long as he has the steering wheel in his hands. And then if the coach demands it… Kobie will create another drama show in LA.



    • obviously not
      3:18 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      Kobe



  5. Darryl
    3:19 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Obvious you must know exactly what you’re talking about since you can’t even spell KOBE. How many times in the last 10 years have you seem his name on TV and you still can’t spell it??



  6. colbert
    3:46 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    whoever



  7. Obvious
    4:01 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Hey Darryl – suck my CAHQ!



  8. Obvious
    4:05 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Go tell your Mom to learn how to spell…

    You have to live with that for the rest of your life. Explains a lot…

    http://www.behindthename.com/name/darryl



    • Captain Obvious
      4:10 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

      Obvious Troll is trolling.



  9. Obvious
    4:16 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    I take it back, how was she suppose to know that it was spelled ‘Darrell’.

    We’ll just call you ‘Darling’ from now on (if spelled correctly… what your name means).

    http://www.meaning-of-names.com/english-names/darryl.asp



  10. DH
    4:22 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Julius Randle can’t be traded until 8-13-14.



  11. Darryl
    4:26 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Good one. You really burnt me on that one obvious



  12. Drew
    5:01 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    This doesn’t do much for the Lakers. They need real help in the front court before adding a back court guy.



  13. UKBlue
    5:38 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    Yea the Lakers aren’t dealing Randle.



  14. Obvious
    6:43 pm July 20, 2014 Permalink

    If you say so Darling