Did the Clippers Sell Themselves Short on Bledsoe?
Garnett would have been an enormous lift to a team that greatly needed a frontcourt leader and overall savvy veteran, but with the 23-year-old Bledsoe, it’s hard to fully tell what kind of ceiling you have. And it’s tough to let go of someone like him unless you really think you’re instantly converting your team from a solid NBA competitor to one of the elite teams in the league.
Bledsoe started 11 games last year and scored double figures in all but 1. On February 3rd, he logged 38 minutes against Boston, with the following statline: 23 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 block. And although that was his standout performance in the 2012-13 season, he continuously produced big numbers and big plays for the Clippers when given an opportunity.
In exchange for Bledsoe and Caron Butler, the Clippers receive JJ Redick from Milwaukee and Jared Dudley from Phoenix. Both Bledsoe and Butler are off to Phoenix while Milwaukee goes home with two 2nd round draft picks.
Redick’s new contract is worth $27 million over 4 years. Now I like Redick in general and definitely think he’s a good fit in the Clippers current system, but between the hefty contract and losing the valuable commodity of Bledsoe, I think the Clippers really sold themselves short.
Securing Paul for the future apparently made the Clippers feel as if Bledsoe was more expendable. Paul logs almost 40 minutes a game at the point and while Bledsoe was a great weapon off the bench for the team last year, the demand for Bledsoe and the holes in the Clippers rotation begged for the team to explore other options.