Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Pistons and General Manager Joe Dumars have shown growing interest in acquiring Los Angeles Clipper guard Eric Bledsoe. With the Clippers’ signing of Chris Paul to a max-deal pretty much a done deal, the Clippers will start to entertain trade talks involving Bledsoe.
This could be a possible reason that Dumars did not go after any of the three top point guard prospects Michael Carter-Williams, C.J. McCollum, or hometown hero Trey Burke. The Pistons were thought to be in the market for a point guard in this years draft, but passed upon all of the top prospects for a scoring 2-guard that plays both sides of the ball in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Bledsoe rumors surfaced last night during the NBA Draft, and Dumars would be silly to pass up the opportunity to get Bledsoe to occupy the point guard spot. Even though I am a huge Brandon Knight supporter, I do feel that Bledsoe would be a better fit for the direction the Pistons are trying to go in. Joe Dumars talked about it a lot in his last two draft press conferences, they want to be more athletic. With the selections of KCP and Tony Mitchell this year, and the drafting of athletic freak Andre Drummond last year, Dumars is trying to turn the Pistons into an athletic run-and-gun team.
Bledsoe would fit nicely in the backcourt with KCP and form an extremely athletic backcourt as well as an athletic pick and roll combo with Drummond. The Pistons could try to center a deal around combo guard Rodney Stuckey to acquire Bledsoe. Detroit may have to add one of their last three lottery selections to get a deal done, and that is what might stop a deal from happening.
It is no secret that Rodney Stuckey is probably on his way out of Detroit, and this could be a possible destination for him. Although details are very vague about the discussions Dumars has had with the Clippers staff, it is not surprising that the Pistons are showing interest in the young, dynamic point guard.
Eric Bledsoe is a 6’1″ point guard that averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists, and 3 rebounds a game in just 20 minutes a contest He has learned behind the best pure point guard in the NBA, Chris Paul, during the last few years, and seems poised to get his own chance as a starting point guard in this league.