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Report: Raptors also talking to Clippers about Eric Bledsoe

Jun 29, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

DeMar DeRozan AP

Once Chris Paul formally signs on the dotted line, it will not be long before Eric Bledsoe is moved. While Doc Rivers may wonder what a CP3/Bledsoe backcourt looks like, there are other holes on this roster and Bledsoe is a key trade piece to fill one.

We know the Clippers are talking to the Magic about a possible deal for Arron Afflalo (which would include Caron Butler) and maybe others. That would give the Clippers a strong defensive two guard who can space the floor with his shooting (filling a need) and it gives the Magic a Bledsoe/Victor Oladipo backcourt of the future.

But the Magic are not alone, the Raptors want in too, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Sources told that the talks between the Raptors and Clippers are still in the exploratory stage, but the Raptors’ interest in L.A.’s prized young point guard is said to be significant.

The Raptors have been openly shopping forward Andrea Bargnani for months and would try, sources say, to include Bargnani in any deal for Bledsoe, which wouldn’t necessarily dissuade the Clippers, given their longstanding need for a big man who can stretch the floor. But sources add that Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan is the Raptor most likely to tempt the Clippers, which falls in line with L.A.’s interest in Arron Afflalo in their Bledsoe talks with Orlando.

For the Raptors, DeRozan and Gay overlap — both are slashers with limited outside shots. I can see why they want to move DeRozan.

DeRozan makes some sense for the Clippers as Los Angeles needs an upgrade there, but he’s a slasher whose game is to attack the rim. The Clippers already have Chris Paul attacking the rim, Blake Griffin attacking the rim and DeAndre Jordan who shouldn’t stray too far from the rim. They need a guy who can space the floor and DeRozan is a career 23.9 percent from three, up to 28 percent last year. For the record, Afflalo is a career 38 percent from three.

If the Clippers are going to take on Bargnani, the Raptors are going to have to sweeten the pot. Considerably.

But the talk is out there, and you can bet more teams are going to try and get in on the Bledsoe sweepstakes starting Sunday.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Not going to happen. If Bledsoe is being moved, it’s for a Afflalo/granger type of player.

    I personally want Afflalo but I trust the front office to make a good choice.

    No way they accept any trash offer from the raptors unless it includes an unprotected 2014 first, then by all means (which would never happen)

    • JHathwell - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      DeRozan for Bledsoe/Butler makes a ton of sense for both teams. Toronto sheds DeRozan’s contract and the Clippers get the dynamic 2 they seek.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:29 PM

        DeRozan can’t shoot and certainly not from 3 pt range.

        Affalo from Orlando can shoot and shoot well from 3 pt range. The Clips have Jordan and Griffin down low. They don’t need someone else to slash to the rim and clog up the lane more than it already is. They need someone to shoot well from outside and it isn’t DeRozan… Good outside shooting will help Jordan and Griffin on the inside by stretching the defense further outside to guard a 38% 3 pt shooter, which is what Affalo is…

      • casualcommenter - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM


        Clippers don’t need a “dynamic 2.” They need a floor-spacing 2.

        A starting Clippers lineup of Paul – DeRozan – Barnes – Griffin – Jordan would have exactly 1 above-average jump shooter (Paul).

        Smart teams would aggressively pack the paint defensively against the Clippers whenever CP3 attempted to drive to the basket.

        If I’m a defender, I’m completely comfortable leaving DeRozan, Barnes, Griffin, and Jordan open for a long-range jump shot. Likewise, whenever Griffin attempts to operate in the low-post, the only guy on the floor who has to be respected outside the paint is CP3, so I’d send a double-team at Griffin without any hesitation with any defender not guarding CP3.

      • The Mayor - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:28 AM

        Dynamic? DeRozan plays no defense and cannot shoot jumpers. He is the opposite of dynamic, as he is completely one dimensional.

  2. jmoney34 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    why is the value for Eric Bledsoe so high. he’s just a high energy guy and a freak athletically but he hasn’t figured out how to be a basketball player yet. And what happened to the Clippers not wanting to part with him since Doc really wants to coach him?

    • JHathwell - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      Potential is a valuable commodity in the NBA and Bledsoe has a ton of it.

      • JHathwell - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        Oh, and the Clippers have to trade Bledsoe this year since it’s highly unlikely they can afford to re-sign him, or that Bledose would be willing to stay there as a backup.

  3. cluelessdufus - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Bledsoe has freakish athleticism and potential and that draws lots of teams like the Magic

  4. onlyavoice - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    The Clips Have To Do Something Other Than Doc.
    Basically It’s The Same SOFT Team.
    At Best Their A 2nd Round Exit Team, If That.

  5. ji8888 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:39 AM

    F the overrated Clipper boats.

  6. mickboogy - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    I love how everyone is forgetting about bargnanis influence, the 7 footer has SPACING written all over him. Bring that bum Jordan off the bench and the clippers suddenly have one of the hardest starting 5 to defend

  7. kingsforever - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    DeRozan is too valuable for that. Give them Bargnani and call it a fair trade. Neither of those players are living up to potential

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