The Los Angeles Clippers' options for trading point guard Eric Bledsoe appear to be expanding now that star guard Chris Paul has verbally agreed to a five-year, $107-million extension. Sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers have this week exchanged sign-and-trade scenarios with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks in potential deals that would bring either J.J. Redick or fellow free agent O.J. Mayo to L.A. Although sources say that strong signals continue to emanate from new Clippers coach and senior vice president of basketball operations Doc Rivers that he wants to try to keep Bledsoe for another season, sources say that conversations with Milwaukee and Dallas are "live," which follow the Clippers' recent talks with both Orlando and Toronto about a Bledsoe deal. The discussions with Dallas, sources said, center on Mayo, whom the Clippers are said to have contacted in the first few hours of NBA free agency Monday. Talks with the Bucks, meanwhile, center on Redick, with one source close to the process telling ESPN.com that a face-to-face meeting between Redick and the Clippers was imminent, perhaps as soon as Monday night. The Clippers, in their previous discussions with Orlando and Toronto, have targeted Magic guard Arron Afflalo and Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan, although it's not immediately clear what Toronto's pending trade of Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks does to the Raptors' ability to stay in the Bledsoe hunt. The Clippers had interest in Bargnani as a potential solution to their lack of floor-spacing shooters. A trade with any of the known suitors would almost certainly have to include other pieces -- such as Caron Butler's expiring contract -- because Bledsoe is due to make only $2.63 million next season in the final year of his rookie contract. Bledsoe, a dynamic sparkplug off the bench and outstanding defender, has spent the last two seasons serving as Paul's apprentice and is widely regarded as being ready for a starting role. The Clippers have acknowledged as much, but it remains to be seen what impact Rivers' arrival has on their immediate trade plans. If they can acquire another player or two Rivers likes, it's believed he can be convinced to part with Bledsoe before the start of the season. The 23-year-old is eligible for a contract extension before the Halloween deadline for such deals for members of Bledsoe's draft class.
Clippers eye J.J. Redick, O.J. Mayo
ESPN | Jul 2