A lot of people around the NBA expected Eric Bledsoe to be sent to the Orlando Magic on draft day, in a package deal for Arron Afflalo. However, that didn’t happen, and according to ESPN, the Toronto Raptors are now joining the race for the young point guard.
The Toronto Raptors have joined the Orlando Magic at the head of the list of known suitors for Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, according to sources close to the process.
Sources told ESPN.com that talks between the Raptors and Clippers are still in the exploratory stage, but the Raptors’ interest in L.A.’s prized young point guard is said to be significant.
The Clippers, though, have been lukewarm on Toronto’s pitches so far, sources say. The Raptors have been openly shopping out-of-favor forward Andrea Bargnani and have likewise pitched a trade scenario in which L.A. would receive both Bargnani and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, but sources say new Clippers coach Doc Rivers — who was also named senior vice president of basketball operations — continues to express interest in not only hanging onto Bledsoe but also keeping center DeAndre Jordan.
Now that Chris Paul has essentially been retained, the Clippers will obviously think things over. As the report suggests, Rivers wants to coach Bledsoe, but at the same time, he will be due for an extension after next season and the Clippers will probably not be able to pay him his market value. Unless Bledsoe will be interested in signing for less money, the Clippers could lose him for nothing if they don’t trade him.