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Chris Paul sounds like he’ll be a Clipper next year, but Bledsoe will not

Apr 22, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless AP

Nobody expects Chris Paul to leave the Clippers.

It will become a sports talk radio thing in some cities as we move closer to July 1 when he becomes a free agent, but everybody knows he’s going to re-sign with the Clippers. He may ask for changes around the organization to go with his new max contract, but he not leaving.

Don’t take my word for it, look at this quote he gives to ESPNLosAngeles.com where Paul talks about being “here” next year but backup point guard Eric Bledsoe won’t be.

“Bled is one of the best guards in our league,” Paul said after practice Sunday. “I’ve said it all season long. I’m enjoying playing with him right now because there’s no way he can be here next year because we probably won’t have enough money to pay him. He should be a starting point guard in this league next year.”

Bledsoe likely will be gone. The Clippers got a lot of offers for him at the trade deadline as teams realize he’s a quality point guard (scored 8.9 points per game, shot 39.7 percent from three, and he can pass), but the Clippers didn’t want to move Bledsoe until they had a new deal for Paul inked. He’s the insurance policy, and a guy they could use during this playoff run.

But read the tone of that quote again and you see that Paul has every intention of staying with the Clippers.

Which means Bledsoe will be on the block before the ink on CP3’s new contract is dry.

  1. readysethike - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    time will tell if he will be one of the best guards, but the young man can definately ball, super athletic and plays great D

    i know laker fans will be all over him and want him to sign but they don’t have the money.

  2. 4thquartermagic - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Haven’e seen him play much. But watched the game over the weekend and this dude was everywhere.

    Could’ve been the combo of the home crowd energy and the Grizz giving up a bit, but Bledsoe looked like a sixth-man of the year out there.

  3. adzs - Apr 22, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Would love if the ”Pels” make a move for him and offer say greivis vasquez in a sign and trade while his stock is at a high

    • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:24 PM

      The Clippers aren’t going to be able to pay their starting-caliber backup point guard when he hits restricted free agency in 2014, so they’re going to trade him for… a starting-caliber backup point guard they’re not going to be able to pay when he hits restricted free agency in 2014? Bledsoe gets moved to fill LA’s hole on the wing. Maybe to Toronto for Terrance Ross, if the Raps don’t think Lowry is the answer long-term. Utah could be a possibility again, for either Hayward or Burks. A draft-day trade for a wing prospect could happen, too.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      “Pels” nickname doesn’t sound right. How about “Cans?”

    • jimsjam33 - Apr 24, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      CP3 would nix that deal . He doesn’t like Greivis . He says he talks too much trash on the court .

  4. abchome - Apr 22, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    It would hurt to see Bledsoe getting traded. But he does deserve more playing time and money than he would get as Paul’s backup. Hopefully the Clippers will find a good place for him and get good return as well.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      I dont see why they don’t just start him like they do with Billups in that 2-PG backcourt they like having. Just can the old man and Eric got a starting gig, no?

      • jimsjam33 - Apr 23, 2013 at 7:18 PM

        Your idea is too logical . Of course that’s the answer ! Let Billups and Grant Hill go . Jamal Crawford and Bledsole can both play the 1 and 2 . Keep the kid that was signed to a 10 day contract and then extended as your 4th guard . He’s perfect .
        If not , then consider Shannon Brown , who won’t be with the Suns next season . That way we have three guards who can play the point and three in the 2 position . Only CP3 and Brown would be solo position players . Crawford and Bledsole both 1 and 2 positions . Problem solved . Money is right if Billups and Hill are gone .
        If the Clippers get another opportunity Caron Butler and Ryan Hollins for Trevor Ariza .

  5. kash71 - Apr 22, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    I am a laker fan first but I have to say.

    It would be nice to see two quality L.A. Basketball teams for years to come.

  6. bifford - Apr 22, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    My guess is that a sign and trade doesn’t happen. A team with cap space for a max deal will probably get him to sign the offer sheet and the Clips won’t match.

    Pistons should give him a look. He would be a great fit with Drummond.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 22, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      No, a sign-and-trade won’t happen because the Clippers deal him for something this offseason. He’s not a RFA until next summer. Pistons would make sense for a bid on him, but I’m guessing whoever trades for him is going to try and lock him in to an extension before he even hits the market.

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