BREAKING: Clippers, Grizzlies agree to 4-player Eric Bledsoe trade
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news and noted that the Grizzlies are “open-minded” on the future of Rondo, Beverley and Oturu. However, they are reportedly likely to consider trading the incoming three players once again.
The Grizzlies, with an already packed roster, are open-minded on the futures of all three players in Memphis — and will likely consider trades with some of those arriving in this deal. Memphis gets salary cap flexibility in the summer of 2022 with trade.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 16, 2021
As for the Clippers, it seems to be a move to clear some cap space, as they will be able to reduce their NBA tax bill by $30 million with the deal. They will also get an $8.3 million trade exception, per Bobby Marks of ESPN.
Cap ramifications for LAC/MEM:
🏀Eric Bledsoe: $18.1M and $19.4M ($3.9M GTY)
💰LAC will see their tax bill drop from $125M to $95M (savings of $30M)
💰$8.3M TE for LAC
🏀Patrick Beverley: $14.3M
🏀Rajon Rondo: $7.5M ($750K likely bonus)
🏀Daniel Oturu: $1.5M
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) August 16, 2021
It was already Eric Bledsoe’s second trade this offseason after he was sent by the New Orleans Pelicans to Grizzlies before the 2021 NBA Draft. Alongside Steven Adams, Bledsoe was sent packing to Memphis in exchange for center Jonas Valanciunas.
As for Rondo and Beverley, the Clippers were certainly not satisfied with their performance from the past postseason. The team lacked ballhandling and playmaking, and the two failed to step up and give them a much-needed boost to finally get over the hump and reach the NBA Finals.
It remains to be seen where the two will end up with after the trade, but it’s safe to assume they won’t be suiting up for an already stacked Grizzlies squad that has Ja Morant manning the point.
On the other hand, Bledsoe appears to be a good fit for a Clippers team looking for a starting-caliber point guard. And at 31 years old, he still has a lot of gas left in the tank to compete for the NBA title.