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Old 06-01-2012, 08:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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ESPN: Clippers possibly making Bledsoe available?


Moving Bledsoe in Clippers' plans?
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Eric Bledsoe | Clippers

The Clippers don't have a pick in this year's talent-rich NBA draft, but one way to get a pick -- potentially a high one at that -- would be to deal one of the team's biggest commodities, backup point guard Eric Bledsoe.

The cat-quick Bledsoe played well on the big stage in the Clippers' playoff series' against Memphis and San Antonio, and looks like a rising talent that could start for many teams in the league. But would it make sense to deal him, just because you're a team with Chris Paul and no first-round pick?

Not according to Eric Pincus, senior writer at HoopsWorld.com. "If Bledsoe was in the lottery -- you'd trade in to get him," Pincus tweets. "Not trade him to get into lottery."

The Clippers need to get younger at small forward, and with guys like Kentucky's Terrence Jones and Baylor's Perry Jones III looking like they could fall into the latter half of the lottery, we have to think this could still be something the Clips would have to consider.

Portland and New Orleans both have two lottery picks and each needs to address the point guard position. That could be a fit right there. New Orleans has the No. 10 pick, and Portland own the rights to the No. 11 selection, so keep an eye on that.

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