SH Blog: Clippers looking to move Bledsoe for frontcourt help; More trade talk

Tonight is the All-Star Game. Last night was the Slam Dunk Contest and 3-Point Shootout. Thursday is the trade deadline. Basically, things are pretty hectic and exciting in the NBA right now.
Fortunately for you, Sheridan Hoops has got everything covered. We’ve got three guys at the game tonight, we’ve got a terrific column from Jan Hubbard on Michael Jordan’s 50th birthday, some exclusive news about Iman Shumpert and the Knicks, and as usual on Sundays, a new set of MVP rankings. And if that’s not enough for you, I’m right here with all the latest news and rumors from around the NBA as we head into the trade deadline.

  • Here’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein of ESPN.com with the latest Eric Bledsoe rumors: “The Los Angeles Clippers’ options for dealing Eric Bledsoe should they reverse course and decide to part with their prized young point guard appear to be increasing before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com late Saturday there is a level of mutual interest between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in exploring a deal that would feature Bledsoe as the headliner in a trade package for Jazz forward Paul Millsap. Although two sources with knowledge of the Clippers’ thinking insisted during All-Star Weekend that Bledsoe would not be moved in coming days and strongly predicted L.A. would stand pat, two other sources indicated the Clippers and Jazz will at least discuss the feasibility of a trade headlined by Bledsoe and Millsap before the deadline.”
  • The most commonly cited potential destination for Bledsoe remains Boston, perhaps as part of a Kevin Garnett deal. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports sums up the situation pretty nicely: “The Boston Celtics can discuss a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers or any other NBA team all they want, but Kevin Garnett says it won’t matter. Asked Saturday if there was any circumstance or team that could entice him to give up his no-trade clause and leave Boston, Garnett said, “No.” Even so, the Clippers still believe they can get Garnett to accept a trade if the Celtics tell him they want to make a deal, a source told Yahoo! Sports. ‘If Boston came to him with the trade and he knew they wanted to do it, he would change his mind,’ the source said. Publicly, at least, Garnett was pretty clear about his desire to stay in Boston. ‘If it’s up to me,’ Garnett said, ‘I will live and die green all day.’ “
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