The Los Angeles Clippers knew that they had one of the most valuable young trade pieces in the NBA coming into the off-season in Eric Bledsoe. Bledsoe had established himself as a quality backup behind Chris Paul, but he could easily be traded for some valuable pieces to help address the Clippers’ needs.
That’s exactly what the Clippers did this summer when they completed a three-team deal that sent Bledsoe out of the City of Angels and brought back two talented wing players in Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick. Considering the Clips’ inconsistency on the wings, those two players are huge additions.
However, with Bledsoe gone, Los Angeles had to address their backup point guard position, which they did with a sneaky good move. They inked four-year veteran Darren Collison this summer, who will likely move into the role that Bledsoe played last season.
Last year with the Dallas Mavericks, Collison averaged 12 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.3 minutes per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Much like Bledsoe, Collison is a guard who will be able to give the Clippers’ offense a change of pace. Unlike Paul, who plays methodically a lot of the time when he’s on the floor, Collison will look to get out in transition and make things happen at a fast pace.
Though losing a young player like Bledsoe is a heavy blow, they got a solid return for him and then added a solid replacement in Collison. In the end, it definitely seems like the Clippers are going to be just fine after trading Bledsoe.