The Los Angeles Clippers have been able to resist the urge to trade prized young point guard Eric Bledsoe so far. They managed to keep him out of a trade for head coach Doc Rivers and they escaped draft night with him still on the roster.
That doesn't mean a trade won't still happen.
According to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, multiple teams have expressed interest in Chris Paul's potential backup (assuming CP3 re-signs). The Magic, Pelicans, Raptors and Mavericks were all rumored to be willing to make a move for the former Kentucky Wildcat.
The Pelicans inevitably traded for Jrue Holiday, so they are out of the running. Toronto is an interesting candidate, as they already have Kyle Lowry entrenched at point guard. The Mavericks make a lot of sense, but they don't have a ton of assets to trade.
The front-runner would appear to be Orlando, who could offer up shooting guard Arron Afflalo. With the team using the No. 2 overall pick on Victor Oladipo, Afflalo is expendable. ESPN's Marc Stein, Ramona Shelburne and Chad Ford reported that a deal was in the works between Orlando and Los Angeles, but one never came about.
A deal for Bledsoe would give Orlando a great young defensive backcourt. Oladipo was a fine defender at Indiana and averaged 2.2 steals a game for the Hoosiers. Bledsoe averaged over a steal per game for the Clippers last season as well.
The biggest hurdle to any Bledsoe trade could be new head coach Doc Rivers, who is said to be a Bledsoe fan. The sooner Rivers can be talked into letting his backup point guard, the sooner you will see Bledsoe in a new uniform.