But while the budding point guard holds ample market value, it's still difficult for the Clippers to justify pulling the trigger on any deals. Not only is Bledsoe still on his rookie contract, making it difficult to receive adequate value in return for his services, but as likely as Paul is to re-sign, Los Angeles can't do anything to compromise his stance.
The Clippers currently have the third-best record (39-17) in the Western Conference and are riding a championship-caliber wave. Making a move just for the sake of making one could jeopardize their immediate rank and future plans.
Should Los Angeles negotiate the right deal and receive the right player in return for Bledsoe's services, though, a midseason accord becomes an avenue worth exploring.
Which teams can provide Los Angeles with the best possible return?
Bledsoe doesn't have to be dealt before the league's trade deadline, but if the Clippers are truly confident in their ability to retain Paul, his departure is inevitable.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports and 82games.com unless otherwise noted. All trades have also been put through ESPN's Trade Machine to ensure financial propriety.