The Los Angeles Clippers finally landed their man Monday when the league approved their acquisition of Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics for a 2015 unprotected first round pick.
With the league essentially blocking a separate trade that would bring Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett to Los Angeles, the Clippers will likely shift their focus to rounding out their current starting lineup, acquiring a shooting guard to slide in next to Chris Paul.
Apparently, they’ve found that shooting.
According to Mark Heisler of Sports City, “Eric Bledsoe and Caron Butler are expected to be packaged in a draft-day trade for Orlando’s Arron Aflallo, addressing the Clipper need for a shooting guard.”
Butler, who is entering the last year of his contract, would be included to match salaries. Butler appeared in 78 games this season, averaging 10.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game last season.
The deal makes sense from both perspectives. Los Angeles gets a wing, who can knock down outside shots and has the potential to be a solid defender (although he has not been over the last two seasons). Afflalo averaged a career-high 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game for the Magic last season.
The Magic could replaced an aging Jameer Nelson with Bledsoe and fill a need at shooting guard by selecting either Ben McLemore of Kansas (we projected the pick to be McLemore here) or Victor Oladipo of Indiana.
Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season.
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