Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  40 responses

Chris Paul Says LA Clippers Can’t Afford to Keep Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe is going to demand more playing time and money next season. According to Chris Paul, the latter is something the LA Clippers likely won’t be able to provide. Per NBA.com: “Bled is one of the best guards in our league,’ Paul said following Sunday’s Los Angeles Clippers practice. ‘I’ve said it all season long, I’m enjoying playing with him right now because there’s no way he can be here next year because we probably won’t have enough money to pay him. He should be a starting point guard.’ Bledsoe, 23, is under contract through next season for a bargain $2.6 million. However, if the Clips max-out Paul, who will become a free agent this summer, the franchise could look to move Bledsoe, the third-year talent out of Kentucky taken 18th by Oklahoma City and traded to the Clippers for a first-round draft pick. He was a catalyst off the bench in Saturday’s 112-91 Clippers victory for a 1-0 lead in the first-round, best-of-7 series against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bledsoe came alive in the fourth quarter for 13 of his 15 points (on 7-for-7 shooting) and all of his four assists and six rebounds as he played the entire period and Paul watched on the bench for all but 3:12 of the fourth. [...] Bledsoe, as expected, said he’s not focused on his future beyond this postseason. Still, finding ample minutes for a remarkable backcourt arsenal that includes Paul, Bledsoe and veterans Chauncey Billups and sixth man Jamal Crawford is not easy. [...] According to Paul, Bledsoe should be getting more next season when he’s wearing a different uniform. And that could very well suggest that Paul plans to stay in a Clippers uniform.”

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  • TM101

    Houston anyone?

  • Ugh

    Are you suggesting Houston doesn’t have a starting quality PG?

  • LP

    Not with them already paying 7 milly to a not-even-Top-10 pg…..

  • trent

    If I’m Milwaukee I say screw Jennings and go for Bledsoe.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez


  • Mdubb34

    Sounds as if chris paul wants him out…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    he should go to ATL.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Chris is right. He’s going to get a lot of money somewhere. What’s interesting is he also basically let everyone know that he’s going to re-sign there. “We probably won’t have enough money to pay him.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    Why does it sound like Chris Paul wants out? did you read? It sounds like he already knows where he wants to play next year. And as a result, theres no room for Bledsoe…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    $5 next year actually. And that is a very easy to trade contract Jeremy Lin has. Very easy.

  • spit hot fiyah

    really, with 15 mill in the third year?

  • spit hot fiyah

    i think bledsoe is still far away from being a starting point guard on a good team. he is much more valuable as a game changer coming of the bench. his handle is still extremely shaky. probably a top 5 athlete in the L, and he will probably get traded next season and PAID in 2014 (or extended by a team trading for him)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah because the 15 comes as expiring. i’ll create a little scenario to try and illuminate what i’m saying.


    Let’s say the Rockets sign Eric Bledsoe. And now have no need for Jeremy Lin as their starter.

    . Houston could trade Jeremy Lin for Al Harrington & Glenn Davis. Essentially, a Lin for Davis swap. It would save Orlando 3 million, and it would give Houston a rotation player at the 4, while cutting out a one player 15 million dollar albatross into 2 players who are both moveable.

    THat make sense? (and it’s just a rough scenario, i didn’t look into anything, i just know everyone in the deal’s contracts).

  • spit hot fiyah

    i got u,

    that would also make amare very tradable after next season assuming that someone just wants to free up cap space.

    but i get the point. if u trade for lin this summer though, for example, that is still 20 mil over two years, which is probably more than he is worth, unless he improves a lot, which he might

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Just think of that last year as expiring. Don’t think of it as Jeremy Lin. It’s 5 mill a year for Lin, and he’s worth that. Then 10 mill of expiring in 2015 to help someone get rid of a crappy contract. .
    Amar’e won’t be easy to trade because his contract is not insured. And he will make 23 million the year it expires. 23 million is a lot harder to match salary wise then 15 for one team. So 23 million for a guy you have to pay even if he doesn’t play is quite a bit less attractive then a 25 year old PG who just isn’t a superstar but is otherwise reliable.

  • spit hot fiyah

    uninsured or not, if a team just wants cap space, why not? (assuming they don’t care about production (like orlando in your example)

    i see your point though

    and i think prokhorov killed the myth of the untradable contract lol.

    unrelated: do you read/listen to zach lowe’s stuff? he made a really interesting point about mvp, dpoy, all-nba consideration. i want to bring this up soon in a discussion to see what people think

  • Ben Ireland

    Just the opposite… Sounds like he loves Bled, and knows he deserves a starting spot. I’ve high hopes for Bledsoe, kinda like Aaron Rodgers… He sat, he waited and he went to Chris Paul camp… Future’s bright !

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Regarding Amar’e, that extra 8 million makes it really hard to find contracts to give up. Teams generally have 8-15 mill in wasted cap. Not many with over 20 to trade away in a cap saving maneuver. Especially when that trade may yield zero minutes for you. .
    Yeah, I haven’t seen tha article you are referring too yet, but I do read all his work. That guy is great

  • spit hot fiyah

    the point he made was in podcast actually and it was about minutes played. basically the following: if we compare duncan and marc gasol for let’s say dpoy (for arguments sake)

    it is basically consensus that players should get penalized for missing, let’s say 20+ games. (as in your reasoning for bradley not being all defense, with which i agree with)

    gasol has played about 700 more minutes than duncan this season. duncan avg about 30 min a game. 700 minutes would be as if duncan has played 23 less games than gasol, therefor weakenuing duncan’s case for dpoy, since he gives u in essence 23 less games of productivity on the defensive end than gasol. that was his argument, which i think is a strong one.

    one could also look at it though as duncan being way more efficient than gasol.


  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah I did listen to that, my bad. I thought you meant he put an article together. I agree with that sentiment. I mean if 2 guys are comparable but one played a ton more minutes then the other, the minutes is what I generally lean on. It’s why I have JR Smith 2nd for 6moy over Jamal Crawford.

  • spit hot fiyah

    we are officially nerds

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Haha I’ve known that about myself for years now pimp

  • Chris Paul why dont you sign for less then the max so that the clippers can keep him! ;) He knows that Bled deserves more playing time and that he will never get that with him there so i have respect for him saying that he deserves a starting spot somewhere else…

  • spit hot fiyah

    also, i’m pretty sure that lowe works for an nba team within 2-3 years

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’ve been in denial lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Love EBled’s game but I don’t think he is ready to be a starting PG for an NBA team just yet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s ready to start on a team in the lottery. Or on a team with LeBron, where he can just play PG on defense.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t think so, more likely he becomes the new Bill Simmons. that’s what he’s being groomed for. Only “media” guy i’ve seen get hired is Pruiti. And he was doing real analysis.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, welcome to the light my friend lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    I agree…..should have expanded on my thoughts.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah i got what you were saying, i just thought that was worth clarifying. if he can get a spot to start while learning, that may not be a bad thing. but definitely not ready to start and help a team win consistently.

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  • Kadavour

    I get the argument that he can complement a game manager like LeBron, but even so, i don’t think he’s starting calibre. Guys like LeBron need guards who can not only play defense, but act as a pressure release – knock down that open 3. Bled doesn’t have that yet. He’s def a top 5-10 defender in the league, but it’s not enough for a starting spot.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    2007 Rajon Rondo my dood. He won a title pretty much with the same description

  • http://twitter.com/yofucktaylor Taylor

    You must also be “Crazy” too, huh?

  • ATL dynamite

    Jeff Teague is good enough. Both are underrated and the same kind of slasher. Bledsoe should have a future of his own somewhere else. Not really in ATL though.

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  • LP

    its very tradeable the last year, but not next year….

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ehh, more like a mix of Bill and Woj. Lowe is more about the news side of basketball then the strategy side.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yes it is. 15 million expiring is easy to trade. very easy. 5 million the year before that is literally what Lin is worth. Next year doesn’t really matter either, as Eric Bledsoe is still under contract.