Los Angeles Clippers

Report: Memphis Grizzlies trade Eric Bledsoe to LA Clippers for Rajon Rondo, Patrick Beverley and Daniel Oturu

Rajon Rondo, Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers) have reportedly been traded for Eric Bledsoe (Memphis Grizzlies)
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Eric Beldsoe is making his return to the LA Clippers.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers have traded Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Bledsoe.

Bledsoe spent the first three seasons of his career with the Clippers after they drafted him with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, the trade will save the Clippers $30 million in luxury tax, while also creating an $8.3 million trade exception.

Bledsoe was traded to the Grizzlies from the New Orleans Pelicans in the off-season along with Steven Adams in the deal that saw Jonas Valanciunas head the other way.

The 31-year-old is coming off a tough season in New Orleans, averaging 12.2 points, 3.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game on 42.1 from the field and 34.1 percent from the 3-point line. The Clippers will be hoping he can provide additional ball-handling and scoring in the absence of Kawhi Leonard as he works his way back from a torn ACL.

Meanwhile, the Grizzlies add two veteran ponit guards in Rondo and Beverley, who will be able to mentor Ja Morant and add some experience to the locker room. Oturu was the 33rd overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, averaging 1.8 points in 30 games last season.

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