NBA veterans moved in Clippers trade bombshell

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The Los Angeles Clippers person brought backmost defender Eric Bledsoe to the squad wherever helium started his NBA career.

A commercialized with the Memphis Grizzlies sends Bledsoe to the Clippers for guards Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo and halfway Daniel Oturu. Bledsoe spent his archetypal 3 seasons successful Los Angeles aft being the 18th prime wide retired of Kentucky successful 2010 earlier going to Phoenix, Milwaukee and New Orleans.

"We are excited to adhd Eric, a strong, versatile defender and an established playmaker who tin onslaught the overgarment and support aggregate positions," said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers' president of hoops operations. "Eric started his vocation with the Clippers and we're delighted to bring him back."

Rajon Rondo (left) Patrick Beverley (far right) person been traded to the Grizzlies. (Getty)

Memphis lone acquired Bledsoe successful a commercialized July 26 with New Orleans that besides brought the Grizzlies centre Steven Adams successful speech for halfway Jonas Valanciunas on with a swap of aggregate draught picks.

Bledsoe averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds successful his lone play with the Pelicans, who had acquired him from Milwaukee during the 2020 offseason arsenic portion of a commercialized that sent Jrue Holiday to the Bucks.

As portion of that commercialized with the Pelicans, the Grizzlies coiled up with the 10th wide prime successful Stanford guardant Ziaire Williams. Memphis is making moves some to amended the roster of a squad that mislaid successful the opening circular of the playoffs to Utah and support gathering astir Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Beverley was the Clippers' longest-tenured player, having spent 4 years successful Los Angeles. The fiery, 33-year-old defender averaged 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists portion playing 22.5 minutes a crippled past season. He besides changeable 40 percent from 3-point range, though he's champion known for his pesky defence and leadership.

Eric Bledsoe volition adhd perimeter defence to the Clippers. (Getty)

Frank called Beverley a pillar of the Clippers for the past 4 years.

"We are grateful for his beingness and for the contributions of Rajon, a premier orchestrator, and Daniel, a promising young center," Frank said. "We privation them the best."

Beverley volition miss the opener adjacent play arsenic punishment for shoving erstwhile Clipper Chris Paul successful the backmost during Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Beverley earned a method foul and was ejected. The Phoenix Suns won the game, ending the Clippers' playoff hopes.

Rondo spent fractional of past play with the Clippers aft coming from the Atlanta Hawks successful a commercialized for Lou Williams. Rondo's biggest interaction came connected the sideline, wherever the 35-year-old defender served arsenic an unofficial adjunct coach, bolstering his teammates with pep talks during timeouts.

Oturu, a 6-foot-8 centre, was chosen 33rd wide by the Clippers successful the 2020 NBA draft. He averaged 5 minutes portion appearing successful 30 games.

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