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NBA Rumors: Clippers Discussing Trade To Send Eric Bledsoe To Orlando

According to several reports, the Los Angeles Clippers have had ongoing trade discussions with the Orlando Magic that would send point guard Eric Bledsoe to Orlando. The full trade, would send Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler from the Clippers to the Orlando Magic in exchange for guard Aaron Afflalo and forward Andrew Nicholson, due to salary-cap purposes. Bledsoe has been a hot commodity for many teams around the league due to his athletic abilities and youth.

Newly acquired Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has been open about his favoritism of Bledsoe as a player so Bledsoe’s future is still unknown. Rivers was also named senior vice president of basketball operations so while the trade may happen, it may not happen until July. While the acquisition of Doc Rivers could be enough to keep franchise point guard Chris Paul as a Clipper, there may not be enough money to keep Bledsoe as Paul’s backup. Afflalo would help the Clippers compliment Paul with a starting shooting guard who has the ability to score in bunches.

Bledsoe has been the hot commodity as well as center DeAndre Jordan who has thrived in the offense that was led Chris Paul, but it is unknown whether or not Doc Rivers wants to keep him on the current roster. Due to the Rivers trade the Celtics and Clippers are prohibited from trading with each other until the end of next season. Both teams had inquired about a deal that would’ve sent Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to LA for Bledsoe and Jordan. While that deal can not happen this season, the futures of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce now fall in the hands of Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge.

Many futures will be changed  in the near future, whether or not Bledsoe will be traded to Orlando is immediately unknown but talks are ongoing according to sources, and it seems as if one team will make a trade for the 23-year old point guard.

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