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Report: Despite plenty of interest, Clippers not likely to trade Bledsoe at deadline

Jan 4, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

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Eric Bledsoe is in a funk on the court. And it’s hard to blame him — the Clippers reserve guard would start for half the teams in the league (at least) but he is buried behind Chris Paul among the starters then off the bench Jamal Crawford is the primary scorer and ball handler.

Bledsoe has played brilliantly for much of the season — he’s got a PER of 19.7 — but in his last 10 games he is shooting just 32.7 percent, scoring just 5.1 points a game, and with that his minutes are dropping. Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has the deepest team in the NBA and the lack of run seems to wearing on Bledsoe.

There are plenty of teams that would like to help out and take Bledsoe off the Clippers hands.

He has been a hot name among teams looking to trade for a guard. But don’t bet on it happening, reports Marc Stein of ESPN:

External interest in Eric Bledsoe is predictably high no matter what the Clippers do to dissuade it, thanks to Bledsoe’s consistently noticeable impact in limited minutes off the bench as a defensive disruptor and tempo-changer alongside NBA Sixth Man Award top contender Jamal Crawford.

Yet sources briefed on L.A.’s thinking insist that the Clippers don’t want to even begin to contemplate the idea of trading Bledsoe until they know that Chris Paul is signed and sealed for the long term. So don’t expect Bledsoe to be in play before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.

In case you forgot, Chris Paul is a free agent next summer. He can walk from the Clippers. And if you think he couldn’t you haven’t followed the history of the Clippers and their owner. Nothing is a lock.

So this is the prudent move. Hold on to Bledsoe now, he could be very valuable as the season wears on and in the playoffs.

But this is Del Negro’s challenge — to keep a bunch of guys who are getting less run than they would elsewhere focused and interested. It’s easy to keep it together when you win 17 in a row. But the team will stumble as all teams do, and that is when Del Negro will be challenged.

  1. Distinguished Male - Jan 4, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    Release the Bledsoe! My fantasy team demands it!

    For seriously though, this “mini-Lebron” can do a whole lot of everything. Definite rising star in the NBA. His per 36 is absolutely nuts.

    17 pts, 5.2 rbs, 5.3 asts, 3.1 stls, and even 1.3 blks so far this year, even after this 10 game skid (with a sore hip, mind you). Remember when he STUFFED Dwade? This kid can flat out ball.

    • football58 - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      So Bledsoe is a kid? Why do you call him a kid?

      • siege102 - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        A) Bledsoe is 23, so to the poster, he may be a kid

        B) It’s a freaking expression

      • football58 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:00 PM

        It’s an idiotic expression unless the poster is an old grandpa.

      • michaeljordanseviltwin - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM

        STFU troll

      • football58 - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Idiot.

    • dko83 - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      If I remember one thing from this season, it will be that block on Wade. I go to watch it on Youtube whenever I need cheering up. Incredible.

    • saint1997 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Dude i know I love this kid and I want him on a team where he can start and play 35+ minutes. How awesome would that kid be balling for the Hornets?

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        That WOULD be cool, but Grievis Vasquez is ballin’ his little heart out, exceeding all expectations. He’s earned his right to keep the starting gig. IMO

      • saint1997 - Jan 5, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        true, guy has been playing very well, but where else to send Bledsoe??

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM

        Well, I’m the Clippers I would striaght up keep him, no trade whatsoever, especially with the injury history Chris Paul has. But he could start and get 35 with ORL, UTA, MIA (!), DET could trade Brandon Knight for EB (BK ain’t all that), ATL would be a good fit…..

      • saint1997 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:19 AM

        Utah + Orlando yes. Atl have teague, harris, williams. Mia couldn’t keep him (don’t have the room) though THAT would be cool. I’d trade him just for the sake of Bball fans everywhere wanting to see him!!

  2. zacksdad - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Blake for Bledsoe. I know this is a joke, but my Lakers need some serious help. So do not thumbs down this as I would believe it could ever happen, but it is only a fantasy.

    • 00maltliquor - Jan 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM

      ……….can’t………stop………..laughing!!

      heheheheheeeeee that was a good one. To you (currently) 24 people who thumbed this down: C’mooooon! Let the man dream!

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      Why not dream bigger, and suggest CP3, Bledsoe, and Griffin for Blake, Meeks, and Hill?

  3. sportsjoker - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Siege102 is winning.

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