Eric Bledsoe is on the move again, and this time, it involves another former Kentucky Wildcats guard.
Back in July, Bledsoe was dealt in a blockbuster three-team deal in which multiple 2021 first-round picks were exchanged as he landed with the Memphis Grizzlies. He’s now been traded again, this time from the Grizzlies to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Two former Wildcats were actually on the move late Sunday, as the Clippers traded Rajon Rondo in the package for Bledsoe. Defensive-minded guard Patrick Beverley was also dealt to Memphis along with Daniel Oturu, a 21-year-old 6-foot-8 center.
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
Per more reporting from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies may ship Beverley and Rondo elsewhere if the right trade comes to the table. With Memphis’ ultra-young roster, that’s far from shocking.
As for Bledsoe, he’ll return to where it all began. He spent his first three seasons with the Clippers before turning into a star with the Suns. He averaged over 20 points per game, twice with the Suns.
Sadly, Bledsoe’s latest stint made him known as more of a liability. The two-time All-Defensive guard averaged 12.2 points per game yet shot just 42% from the field. Bledsoe hit just 1.7 threes per game as well.
While he’s a crucial piece of the puzzle and should help Los Angeles, the more interesting part of this trade is where Rondo and Beverley eventually end up at. It seems extremely unlikely they stay with the Grizzlies.
Rondo leaves the Clippers after just half of a season with the Clippers, who made a mid-season trade for him from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Lou Williams.
Be on the lookout for rumors starting to emerge as both guards should be capable of helping a true title contender.