This could be a game changer.
ESPN Insider Joe Kaiser reports that the New Orleans
Hornets Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers may be in talks to bring guard Eric Gordon back to LA in a blockbuster trade in exchange for Eric Bledsoe.
There is sure to be plenty of buzz in the weeks and months to come about the future of New Orleans shooting guard Eric Gordon and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe. Today, Michael McNamara of BourbonStreetShots.com tweets that the two teams could already be considering a deal that involves the both of them.
McNamara tweets: “Off air with Clippers writer, he said he has heard a lot of buzz from FO sources that a Bledsoe/(DeAndre) Jordan for EG/(Robin) Lopez deal could go down.”
via Clips, Pelicans considering blockbuster? – ESPN Insider
There’s no surprise that the Clippers front office is already pushing to trade Bledsoe with his value is as high as ever right now, but a trade to bring back the player the Clippers selected with the seventh overall in the 2008 NBA Draft would be a huge shocker. There’s no doubting Eric Gordon the player. In 240 career games he’s averaged 18.6 points per game, but knee injuries have kept him from reaching his max potential. As far as Robin Lopez, he eliminates all the negatives that came with DeAndre Jordan: being a liability to play in the fourth quarter.
A straight-up Bledsoe/Jordan for Gordon/Lopez doesn’t work due to cap issues so some other pieces would have to be thrown in from the Clippers end to make the deal fit. Here’s what I came up with using ESPN’s Trade Machine:
Obviously this is just a rumor right now so you can approach this with caution, but the idea of a Paul-Gordon-Griffin “Big 3″ is something that could get the Clippers faithful excited for next season.