Clippers Deny Reports That Team Is Shopping Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan
If Kevin Garnett is in a Los Angeles Clippers uniform after the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline, there's a good chance Eric Bledsoe and DeAndre Jordan will be his teammates—not wearing Boston Celtics green and white.
That's the latest from the Los Angeles Times and reporter Broderick Turner, who's sources claim that the team is denying shopping the two young players across the league in any deal—even one for KG.
Here's the latest scoop from Turner's piece, featuring this quote from VP of basketball operations Gary Sacks:
I haven't called anybody to say, 'Hey, we have Eric Bledsoe and would you like him?' Or, 'We have DeAndre Jordan or we have anybody and would you want them?' That's not where I am right now with this team,' Sacks said in a phone interview from Houston on Saturday. That's not where we are.
Numerous reports (including this one from Yahoo! Sports) have re-linked the Clippers and Celtics on a potential trade that would send KG to LA and Bledsoe and Jordan to help start the rebuilding efforts in Boston.
Bledsoe, considered one of the brighter young PG prospects in the entire league, is averaging 9.6 points and 3.3 assists this season in a reserve role behind starter Chris Paul. A decision to trade Bledsoe would put the pressure on management to come to terms on a contract extension for Paul, who is a free agent following the end of the 2012-13 season.
Jordan is another Clipper with a high ceiling, and is averaging 7.3 rebounds and 1.36 blocks per game this season alongside Blake Griffin in the front court.
The news doesn't appear to take the duo out of trade contention fully, as Sacks added this to further cloud the status of his starting center and No. 1 backup point guard:
Gary Sacks said 'every team has called me' and that 'it's my job to call them back and to listen...' Sacks said the Clippers will listen to what other teams have to say right up to the trade deadline at noon PST on Thursday to determine whether it warrants L.A. making a move.
Speculation has been running wild about the Clippers making a deadline deal with aim at the NBA Finals. Garnett's name is the most primary one that has floated around in Clipper trade rumors, but he reportedly is refusing to waive his full no-trade clause to join any team (via Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports).
The latest out of LA via Houston and the 2013 All-Star break should persuade other teams from making frivolous calls to Clipper management about the availability of both Bledsoe and Jordan.
However, it doesn't take the pair out of trade speculation just yet.
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