Erik Bledsoe Rumors
A likely hurdle is Bledsoe. A league source said that when the two teams were discussing a proposed deal in February around the trade deadline, talks broke down, at least in part, because the Clippers didn’t want to part ways with Bledsoe. It’s widely believed that one of the key reasons the Clippers haven’t wanted to part with Bledsoe is because they view him as too valuable if Chris Paul signs with another team. However, a league source told the Globe that if Rivers did leave to coach the Clippers, “I guarantee that Chris Paul re-signs” with the Clippers. “I guarantee it,” the source continued.
The Clippers already had preliminary discussions with the Orlando Magic about trading for shooting guard Arron Afflalo at the predraft camp in Chicago and there is a level of mutual interest on both sides, sources said. ESPN.com’s Chad Ford reported that Orlando is interested in a package that would include Caron Butler and Bledsoe, but the talks are preliminary at this point. It’s believed the Clippers would want at least one more asset in order to part with their prized young point guard.