The Los Angeles Clippers are moving quickly on their intention to unload guard Eric Bledsoe after locking up point guard Chris Paul to a long-term deal.
The Clippers and Dallas Mavericks are discussing a potential sign-and-trade scenario that would send Bledsoe to Dallas in exchange for guard O.J. Mayo, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Monday. Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne reported that the Clippers are also talking about a swap with the Milwaukee Bucks involving Bledsoe and guard J.J. Redick.
The Clippers appear to be focusing on adding a scorer to complement Paul in the backcourt — either with Mayo or the sharpshooting Redick.
Bledsoe has been an overall disappointment in three seasons with the Clippers. The 23-year-old guard did have, however, his best statistical season last year, averaging 8.5 points and three assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the field.
Both Mayo and Redick would give the Clippers viable scoring options at the shooting-guard slot. Mayo averaged 15.3 points per game in Dallas last season while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range, and Redick averaged 14.1 points on 43.4 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Add a new suitor to Eric Bledsoe sign-and-trade derby: Clips and Mavs discussing Bledsoe-for-OJ Mayo in live S-and-T scenarios
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2013
Rumblings that Clippers and Bucks are discussing deal involving JJ Redick and Eric Bledsoe. — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 1, 2013