Report: Los Angeles Clippers to Trade Eric Bledsoe, Caron Butler to Orlando Magic for Arron Afflalo on Draft Night?

Apr 27, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe (12) brings the ball up court during game four of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. Memphis won 104-83. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Although we touched on it briefly yesterday, it appears that a draft night trade is in the works between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Orlando Magic.

In the said scenario, the Clippers would trade point guard Eric Bledsoe along with Caron Butler to the Magic in exchange for Arron Afflalo.

Per Mark Heisler:

Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler are expected to be packaged in a draft-day trade for Orlando’s Arron Afflalo, addressing the Clipper need for a shooting guard.

With less likelihood of finding a high post center to clear room underneath for Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan figures to remain the starter.

Meanwhile, the Clips will look for a three-point shooting power forward—a “stretch four.”

With the Clippers acquisition of head coach Doc Rivers, it’s widely expected Chris Paul will return to Los Angeles which gives the Clippers little need for an expensive backup point guard, as Bledsoe will become eligible for a new contract at the end of the upcoming season. Caron Butler will be entering the final season of his contract and will be due $8 million dollars.

Afflalo on the other hand will have two years remaining on his deal which will pay him just under $16 million dollars. He also holds a early termination option on his third year worth $8 million dollars.

Topics: Arron Afflalo, Caron Butler, Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA Trade Rumors, Orlando Magic

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  • Dusty Reynolds

    This is an interesting trade rumor being a Magic fan it seems fairly reasonable not sure on the other side. There is some true potential in Bledsoe but he needs some shooters around him like Rondo to make it work. Also Butler may still have a little value to a contending team at the deadline if he can prove to be healthy and an expiring contract. May have slim hope to flip Butler for a second next year or a fall out of favor draft pick that needs a new start (ala. Tobias Harris)

  • Negro Peligro

    This smells of HOWARD going to clippers. Afflalo floor spreader defender.

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