The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired Eric Bledsoe from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Clippers Acquire Eric Bledsoe
The Clippers have been actively seeking a true point guard to complement the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George over the years, as they acquired Rondo from the Atlanta Hawks for their popular sixth man, Lou Williams.
However, Rondo didn’t quite fit in with the Clippers, so that left the Clippers again searching for a point guard that can help lead a team hoping to get to the Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Bledsoe started out his career with the Clippers, as he started out his career there after being traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder following being drafted 18th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
After Bledsoe’s rookie year, the Clippers acquired Chris Paul from the then-New Orleans Hornets, as Bledsoe got to absorb a lot of knowledge from one of the best point guards to ever step on an NBA hardwood.
After Bledsoe’s third season in the league, he was dealt to the Phoenix Suns, where he was ultimately able to establish himself as one of the better point guards in the league, upping his scoring and assist totals significantly.
Successful Tenure in Phoenix
Following several successful seasons in Phoenix, Bledsoe then moved on to the Milwaukee Bucks, where he became an instrumental part of helping them earn the league’s best record in back-to-back seasons.
Over the course of his career, Bledsoe has developed a reputation as a quick guard with a knack to get to the rim and finish through traffic as well as getting defenders off balance with his dribble. He also possessed the ability to shoot the 3-pointer if he was left open.
The Los Angeles Clippers are trading Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard Eric Bledsoe, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 16, 2021
Additionally, he has also become known for his hard-nosed play on the defensive end of the ball, as he’s not afraid to get into the skin of the opposing player and use his cornerback-like frame to prevent opposing players from getting easy looks.
The Clippers needed a point guard who can help make life easier for Leonard, George, and other shooters on the Clippers roster with their playmaking skills and also a reliable contributor as a scorer.
Beverley and Rondo bring tremendous defense and playmaking, respectively, but they were never really reliable to provide a real boost with scoring the ball during their time in Los Angeles.
Lou Will provided great scoring off the bench but didn’t bring it defensively or as a playmaker.
Beverley could help the Grizzlies get back to their “Grit and Grind” ways with his tendency to be a pest on the defensive end.
If Rondo sticks around, he could take Ja Morant under his wing and help him improve his playmaking skills in order to take that next step in his career.
However, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Rondo bought out, as Rondo could seek another opportunity to win a ring, perhaps back with the Los Angeles Lakers.