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Report: Clippers say they are not shopping Bledsoe, Jordan

Feb 16, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

DeAndre Jordan,Spencer Hawes AP

Well, what else is the Clipper front office going to say? “Sure, we’re desperate to move them, so send in your lowball offers now!” You always say you aren’t moving a guy until you move the guy.

That said, there seems to be some real truth to the report that the Clippers are not looking to trade Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan. Despite rumors to the contrary they were offered for Kevin Garnett. At least the Los Angeles front office isn’t looking to move them. The Los Angeles Times had the report.

Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, didn’t mention any names, but said “every team has called me” and that “it’s my job to call them back and to listen.”

“I haven’t called anybody to say, ‘Hey, we have Eric Bledsoe and would you like him?’ Or, ‘We have DeAndre Jordan or we have anybody and would you want them?’ That’s not where I am right now with this team,” Sacks said in a phone interview from Houston on Saturday. “That’s not where we are.”

Teams are calling about Bledsoe because he is really good and buried behind Chris Paul on the depth chart. The problem is the Clippers are going to want a fair amount for him, for one. Second, the front office would like to hold on to him until Chris Paul re-signs with the team this summer — it’s expected to happen but you don’t let go of the safety net until it does.

DeAndre Jordan has taken steps forward this season, but he also is still losing minutes at the end of the game to Lamar Odom. If they can find someone who will give them value and take on the two years, $22 million left on Jordan’s contract, they need to consider it.

But the fact is the Clippers likely stand pat at the deadline, the front office isn’t that interested in a move. The coaching staff might be, but not the front office. Which puts the pressure on Vinny Del Negro to get them to the conference finals. And if you don’t thin there is pressure, check out this quote from the same story.

“It’s up to the coaching staff to figure out a way to get those guys to win games,” Sacks said. “If they don’t feel like we have enough talent, then that’s their problem.”

  1. ron05342 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    This trade never made any sense. Why would the Clippers trade young for old just for a shot at the championship now? All they have to do is look across the hall at Staples to see where that other basketball team is that tried that this year.

  2. opshuns - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Quit it! Bledsoe and DeAndre better stay Clippers. How about getting rid of Gary Sacks??? The most fun team in the NBA and you dips**ts want to mess with it? Finish this year and then find out what you have…

    • opshuns - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Garnett is an angry old ball player. He would mess with the Clippers chemistry. Just say NO! on Garnett!!!

  3. rjlink1 - Feb 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Yeah, Bill Simmons needs to put down the pipe when he says Bledsoe and Jordan aren’t enough for Garnett. The Clips aren’t winning the title this year or next, Garnett or no Garnett–but only because this is the age of LeBron.

    Bledsoe can look awesome sometimes, but more often he looks terrible. He’s a poor man’s Westbrook with half the shooting ability. DeAndre Jordan is replaceable and is paid too much. I’m not against moving them both, but the Clips can get much more in return. Garnett’s got like three (declining) years left if he’s lucky.

    • dannymac17 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      This post gave me cancer.

    • dannymac17 - Feb 16, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      This post gave me cancer.

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