Feb 8 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe (12) during a game against Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumor: Raptors Interested in Eric Bledsoe?

Here is the scoop via Marc Stein of ESPN:

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 the 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 Raptors have been openly shopping forward Andrea Bargnani for months and would try, sources say, to include Bargnani in any deal for Bledsoe, which wouldn’t necessarily dissuade the Clippers, given their longstanding need for a big man who can stretch the floor. But sources add that Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan is the Raptor most likely to tempt the Clippers, which falls in line with L.A.’s interest in Arron Afflalo in their Bledsoe talks with Orlando.

via Source: Raptors join Bledsoe talks – ESPN

Most likely the Los Angeles Clippers are after Demar Derozan to fill in the shooting guard spot. While Arron Afflao may be a better fit alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin than Demar Derozan, Derozan’s ceiling is higher. Last season Demar averaged 18.1 points per game on 44 percent shooting. His scoring potency could be the main reason why the Clips pull the trigger on the deal if they feel he’s the right guy.

Demar was recently the recipient of a$40 million extension that begins next season ($9.5 million per) which is $2 million more than what Afflaflo is earning in Orlando.

If anything happens with Eric Bledsoe it may be later into the season. Doc Rivers expressed interest in wanting to coach both Paul and Eric so a trade deadline deal may be most likely regarding Eric.

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