Clippers NBA Trade rumors: Bledsoe to Jazz for Millsap?

Dec 3, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz power forward Paul Millsap (24) shoots while defended by Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) during the second half at EnergySolutions Arena. The Clippers won 105-104. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

In the interminably long days before the February 21st NBA trade deadline, rumors involving the Clippers backup point guard, Eric Bledsoe, are once again surfacing. ESPN is reporting that the Jazz have approached the Clippers about a potential deal that would send forward Paul Millsap to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe is considered one of the most valuable players who may or may not be available if the right deal comes along due to his potential as a starter and current status as one of the best overall defenders in the NBA. Millsap is a versatile forward who can play three positions and could play alongside Blake Griffin or come off the bench as the Clippers look to make a deep playoff and championship run.

The Clippers released a statement on Saturday stating that they were not shopping Bledsoe (or DeAndre Jordan, who was also reportedly being shopped in a deal for Kevin Garnett) and that the team would make no moves before summer.

Any deal involving Millsap would require additional players to compensate for his large salary, meaning Caron Butler or Lamar Odom might need to be packaged along with Bledsoe to make the trade work.

The Clippers are very concerned with disrupting the team’s chemistry – especially important to Chris Paul – so any deal would presumably need Paul’s blessing to proceed.

Probability: Low.

Topics: Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, Nba Trade Deadline, Nba Trade Rumors, Utah Jazz, Utah Jazz Trade Rumors

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    When I first heard about the Millsap and KG trade rumors a few days ago, I was very intrigued. But as time has gone by, I’ve moved back towards believing that the Clippers should just stick with the team they have. They have assembled the deepest team in the NBA and perhaps most talented team (from top to bottom) in the NBA, and this team has already spent a lot of time bonding. They have savvy veterans like Chauncey, Lamar, Grant Hill and Crawford. They have young studs like Blake, DeAndre and Bledsoe. They have edgy players like Barnes and good shooters like Caron Butler. And of course they have the best PG and best leader in the league.

    With respect to CP3, I absolutely LOVE the guy and he’s become my favorite player in the NBA. But I kinda feel like it is now his turn to put up or shut up. The Clippers have done everything in their power to put together a team that can win right now. CP3 is the leader of this team and will be demanding a max contract this summer. He has had physical issues in recent years (most notably with his knees). A large part of me thinks that if the Clippers fail to win it all this year, or at least win the west, a lot of that falls on CP3. Is CP3 good enough to lead this very deep and talented team to a championship?

    Don’t get me wrong, I think CP3 is the most important player in Clippers history. But I think he should be under a lot of pressure to deliver as well. If the Clippers fail to win it all, the fingers should not be pointed everywhere except CP3.