There have been intense rumors circulating that the Los Angeles Clippers are looking to package guard Eric Bledsoe in a draft night draft to the Orlando Magic. But while the trade seems to make a whole lot of sense, especially since the Clippers already have a star guard in Chris Paul, Orlando Magic beat writer Josh Robbins is reporting that no trade appears to be imminent and if a deal is made it likely won’t happen until after the draft.
Despite reports to the contrary, a trade between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers headlined by Magic shooting guard Arron Afflalo and Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe is not imminent and has minimal likelihood of occurring before or during Thursday’s NBA Draft, two league sources told the Orlando Sentinel.
Robbins appears to be plugged in better than anyone and his report seems to be coming from the point of view of the team benefitting the most from this trade.
But Robbins cites new head coach Doc Rivers as the reason a trade might not happen, which is ironic considering he’s the reason all the trade rumors have been swirling in the first place. Rivers likes Chris Paul and isn’t denying that he’s the leader of the franchise. But He also apparently likes what Bledsoe brings to the team and isn’t going to rush the trade of a hot young player.
Bledsoe could very well still be on the move, but if he does leave the Clippers it likely won’t be happening as soon as people think and there’s now a growing possibility that it might not happen at all.