Eric Bledsoe is on the move once more this offseason. The journeyman point guard, traded ahead of last season from Milwaukee to New Orleans, was traded yesterday by the Pelicans to the Grizzlies. That isn't the last move for Bledsoe, either; Chris Haynes reports there is no expectation that Bledsoe will remain in Memphis for very long.
Bledsoe has undergone the full NBA experience of being underrated, overrated, and then properly rated over the last four years. We know what kind of player he is at this point. Bledsoe is a solid defender and a good rotational piece offensively who cannot be any more than the fourth option on a playoff team. He averaged 12.2 points and 3.8 assists in 29.7 minutes per game last year while shooting 34.1 percent from three and 42.1 percent from the field.
Bledsoe is slated to make $18 million this year and $19 million next year, which is a lot of money for a guy with those kind of pedestrian stats. But someone will take a chance on him, hoping a new situation will revitalize his play. Here are four teams who could do just that.
Los Angeles Lakers
Eric Bledsoe is not exactly the name the Lakers probably have in mind heading into this offseason. They need to build a better supporting cast around LeBron and AD but do not have the resources to overhaul the roster. They may have to settle for Bledsoe, a future made more likely by the fact that Bledsoe is repped by the one and only Rich Paul and the fact that L.A. can offer one of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope/Kyle Kuzma and filler for Bledsoe's services. Bledsoe wouldn't move the needle too much for the Lakers, but he would have a clearly-defined role on a championship team and could turn into a valuable expiring deal next season.