The Toronto Raptors have joined the Orlando Magic at the head of the list of known suitors for Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that talks between the Raptors and Clippers are still in the exploratory stage, but the Raptors' interest in L.A.'s prized young point guard is said to be significant. The Clippers, though, have been lukewarm on Toronto's pitches so far, sources say. The Raptors have been openly shopping out-of-favor forward Andrea Bargnani and have likewise pitched a trade scenario in which L.A. would receive both Bargnani and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, but sources say new Clippers coach Doc Rivers -- who was also named senior vice president of basketball operations -- continues to express interest in not only hanging onto Bledsoe but also keeping center DeAndre Jordan. Bledsoe and Jordan were the two primary players pursued by Boston during the Clippers' drawn-out attempts to hire Rivers away from the Celtics. Although sources say the Clippers actually prefer Bargnani to DeRozan because of the Italian forward's ability to step out and stretch the floor, one source close to the process expressed doubt that L.A. would be willing to surrender Bledsoe in a deal for a player Toronto has been trying to move for months, given the considerable interest around the league in Chris Paul's athletic backup. The Orlando Magic and the Clippers have been discussing the possibility of a trade with shooting guard Arron Afflalo and Bledsoe as the principles dating to early June. Yet those talks began before the Clippers' drawn-out hiring of Rivers to a dual role in coaching and management. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan acknowledged to local reporters after Thursday night's draft that Orlando "may revisit" trying to trade for Bledsoe, with L.A. The Detroit Pistons, sources said, also have expressed serious interest in Bledsoe, who is known to be seeking an extension with any new team before the Halloween deadline for his draft class if dealt this offseason.
Sources: Raptors join Magic in Bledsoe talks
ESPN | Jun 30