The Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Clippers appeared to have a trade involving Eric Bledsoe near its completion point as short as a week ago, but the two sides decided to pull out and now other teams are attempting to make offers for the Clippers’ young point guard.
While a handful of general managers have reportedly called the Clippers in regards to the former Kentucky Wildcat, few have tempted the Los Angeles franchise. Once such offer that might though is from the Toronto Raptors, who, according to ESPN may part with high flying swingman DeMar DeRozan in exchange for Bledsoe.
Per Marc Stein:
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.
Some rival executives believe that the Raptors are prepared to part with DeRozan — recipient of a $40 million contract extension last October — in the wake of Rudy Gay‘s arrival and the front-office change that ushered out Bryan Colangelo (who authorized DeRozan’s new deal) and ushered in Masai Ujiri.
Can you imagine DeRozan and Blake Griffin with Chris Paul? Lob City would turn into Lob State or Lob Country. As for the Raptors, Bledsoe would finally put an end to their constant merry-go-round rotation of point guards they’ve tried out over the past decade.