Why Did the LA Clippers Trade Away Patrick Beverley for Eric Bledsoe?

Published 08/15/2021, 11:24 PM EDT
Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) celebrates with Paul George (13) and Terance Mann (14) against the Phoenix Suns in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Guards continue to be the main target in this off season. Los Angeles Clippers are letting go of Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo and Daniel Oturu. In return, they receive Eric Bledsoe from the Memphis Grizzlies. Now, without Kawhi for most of the season, is this a good move for the Clippers?

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Beverley has been with the Clippers for four seasons. In addition, he is also a leader on their team. He has been through the entire journey from post Chris Paul to contenders. However, he will now start a new journey with Memphis. On the other hand, Bledsoe returns to LA and will hope he can make this stint a memorable one.

Jun 22, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) argues with Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) in the second half during game two of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Did the Clippers win this trade?

There are two aspects to this trade. Firstly, a normal player trade. Second, the financial side of the trade. Looking at the player trade, the Clippers look to be in a neutral position.

They have gained a true point guard in Eric Bledsoe. He is a good defender with a couple of All-defensive team selections under his belt. Moreover, he is also a decent scorer as he put up 12.2 points per game last season.

Jun 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (left) battle for a rebound in the first half of the game of round one of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On the other hand, they lose out on Patrick Beverley, who’s heart and soul is to play defense. In addition, he is a great perimeter shooter making 39% of his shots last season. Rajon Rondo did not have a Lakers like run with the Clippers as he disappointed in the post season. Oturu, their 2020 draft pick barely got any good minutes.

However, the big factor is their tax savings. Through this trade, the Clippers will almost save $30 million in taxes. Moreover, they also get a $8.3 million trade exception. Hence, the Clippers played their cards right when it comes to making money.

Which Guard will do Better?

Two of the notable names in this trade are Beverley and Bledsoe. Bledsoe never got to showcase his talent with the Clippers. He was a part of the roster during the CP3 days. Now, returning back he would hope to make a similar impact. However, the 31 YO has dropped in efficiency over the past seasons.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles in against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

Bledsoe’s best years came with Phoenix. However, he is not putting up the same numbers anymore. But, for a team that has the offence the Clippers do, Eric is a great playmaker and can impact the game in that way.

On the other hand, Beverley will see a young Memphis team, Being a leader, he has a great opportunity to act as a vet and teach the young team about the league. He’ll play with Ja Morant, who proved his worth in the playoffs last season. Hence, he is in a good spot as well.

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Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Paul George (left) grabs a rebound against Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

However, the Clippers remain to be the dominating side. With Paul George stepping up his game, they have a reliable leader. Moreover, players like Reggie Jackson and Terrance Mann came up as dark horses as well. Bledsoe is in a fitting position to be on a winning organisation.

Who do you think won this trade? Let us know in the comments below

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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