Report: Arron Afflalo, Eric Bledsoe trade discussed
The Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers are discussing the possibility of completing a trade involving Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo and Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe in conjunction with the NBA draft, reports ESPN.com.
A trade with those two players as the principals could happen this week and Magic forward Andrew Nicholson and a future first-round pick could be added to the package as compensation for Bledsoe. The NBA Draft is Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Bledsoe, 23, averaged 8.5 points with three rebounds and three assists in 76 games last season. Afflalo averaged 16.5 points a game on 43 percent shooting for the Magic.
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But the long-awaited arrival of Doc Rivers as the Clippers’ new coach and senior vice president of basketball operations could push any Bledsoe trade into July — or maybe even longer — because Rivers is a well-known Bledsoe fan who has indicated he’d like to keep Bledsoe around if possible.
The greater likelihood remains, however, that keeping Bledsoe around as Chris Paul’s very capable backup is a luxury the Clippers won’t be able to afford as they continue to try to construct a roster with title-contending staying power. It’s been a working assumption in league circles the Clippers would try to trade Bledsoe before next season as soon as they were certain that Paul would re-sign this summer after becoming a free agent on July 1.