(Country) – After days of silence, the NBA transfer market has also continued to move when the Los Angeles Clippers made a deal to bring in Eric Bledsoe from the Memphis Grizzlies.
The NBA transfer market is showing signs of cooling down after exciting days in early August. However, the teams still do not ignore this golden period to strengthen and replenish their forces ahead of the 2021 season- 2022. In particular, Los Angeles Clippers is one of the clubs aiming for this change.
According to sources from Adrian Wojnarowski, a reputable journalist for ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement to recruit Eric Bledsoe. In the opposite direction, the Memphis Grizzlies will receive Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu.
For Eric Bledsoe, this is the second time he has had to change teams in just 10 days. Before that, he and Steven Adam had to dock at the Memphis Grizzlies from the New Orleans Pelicans on August 7, in an exchange between 3 parties including the Charlotte Hornets.
This is a carefully calculated deal of the home team STAPLES Center. With Kawhi Leonard out with long-term injury, they need one more scoring option alongside Paul George and Reggie Jackson. In his most recent season with the New Orleans Pelicans, the defender averaged 12.2 points despite playing only about 29.7 minutes per game, as well as having to give way to Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingrams.
Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo had to say goodbye to the Los Angeles Clippers
This is a criterion that neither Patrick Beverley nor Rajon Rondo can meet. Patrick Beverley is a senior player for the Los Angeles Clippers, but he is still defensive, often making technical errors that are not worth it. Rajon Rondo is a defender who is more of a coordination and what is more special, both are over 33 years old.
For the Memphis Grizzlies, this is also a profitable deal for them. Rajon Rondo’s experience will be of great help to young star Ja Morant on the way to makeover. Besides, they also have a tough defensive belt player Patrick Beverley. This will be a team worth watching in the 2021-2022 season.
In addition, this deal will also help the Los Angeles Clippers significantly reduce the luxury tax they have to pay, following contract extensions for Kawhi Leonard and Reggie Jackson. According to estimates by Bobby Marks, an ESPN expert, the Los Angeles Clippers will reduce their fines by nearly $30 million this season.
In the 2021-2022 season, the Los Angeles Clippers will be at a disadvantage when they lose Kawhi Leonard to a ligament injury. Meanwhile, rivals in the West like the Los Angeles Lakers are actively adding forces, as well as the return of the Golden State Warriors. Besides, opponents like the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns or Denver Nuggets are also teams that cannot be taken lightly.
To be able to achieve the goal of reaching the NBA Finals, coach Tyronn Lue’s teachers and students will still have a lot to improve before the new season. However, retaining the pillar framework that has been built since 2019 will help them have more stability. The successful retention of Kawhi Leonard is a big move for the Los Angeles Clippers for at least the next 3 years in the NBA arena.
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