If we could get Bledsoe I think that would be a perfect fit. But the above value (Vazquez, Lopez, and Aminu) values him as an above average backup. The Clips definitely think he is worth more than that. We would need to throw at least one 1st rounder in there and as much as I love Bledsoe, I don't know if he would be worth what it would take to get him.
Vasquez is a premiere backup in this league, and he can run a 2nd unit against lower quality opponents. That's valuable. Remember when we had CP leave the game and everything stopped? We'd have an 8 point lead, and by the time Paul got back into the game, we were down by 5. That's because we never had a backup PG to keep things moving.
Lopez is a very solid Center, and his PER for the season is almost 20 (very high). He is also on one of the best contracts in the league, and he is a legit 7-footer with decent athleticism. The only reason we would look to trade him is to spread the wealth on our roster. Davis, Anderson, and Smith are fine taking the majority of the minutes for our bigs. Toss is a guy like Thomas or another FA big, and we're set at the position.
We need playmakers at PG and SF. Bledsoe's advanced metrics are phenomenal, but he'll never reach his potential playing behind Chris Paul. They are going to trade him for sure, and they won't find much better than Lopez and Vasquez for Bledsoe and Odom.
Slim, since you seem to be the highest on getting Bledsoe, would you prefer him over Brandon Jennings?
Billups and Crawford make Bledsoe expendable for the Clippers. In the playoffs, CP3 is playing 38 minutes and Billups and Crawford's experience will ensure that he gets minutes over Bledsoe. On the flip side, they lack a true backup center. Vasquez and Lopez will have a bigger impact on their team in the playoffs than Bledsoe would. I think they would pull the trigger on that personally
Robin Lopez is decent. Thats about it. His stats are a little bloated because of his extra playing time but he has been a serviceable player this year. He does not have decent athleticism. He has no athleticism. He cannot jump. He is slow. He is very tall, which is really his only physical advantage. He has a decent post game, but nothing to write home about. He does not rebound well, especially for his height. And he is a backup on a legitimate contender with little potential.
Eric Bledsoe is a special talent. His athleticism is through the roof. He is one of the fastest and quickest players in the game and he is an amazing finisher when he gets to the rim. He is a defensive fiend who is able to stay in front of almost any point guard you can name. He averages 3 steals/36 and has a PER of 24 which is extremely impressive. And he's 23. He is a very valuable asset and it would take so much more to get him than a solid backup PG and C.
It depends, though, on how much Jennings wants. If we can get him for $10 mil/year, then I'd pull the trigger, but Bledsoe is locked up next year on his rookie deal, so we could stretch our cap dollars that way. If we could get Jennings for a Ryan Anderson type of deal (trade the Bucks Vasquez or Aminu so that way they get something instead of nothing), then you have to do that deal if you're Dell Demps.
That'd be a nice lineup
I like that roster A LOT.
Eric Bledsoe is a really intriguing prospect.
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But yeah i guess im forgetting that both of those teams play small ball like 90% of the time (as they should; not many teams can't make them pay for it.)
After watching a couple of Clips games.. Bledsoe is my main target if he comes at the right price. I think Beldsoe/Vasquez is a great combo.
Ehh. Don't sleep on Austin, guys. I mean, we still haven't seen a game of EG and AR together, which for all we know could be pure gold. If we keep changing up the roster like you guys suggest, we'll never have any tenured Pelicans . Still waiting to see the full result before I ask for anything other than some solid role players.
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this team would have the perfect blend of O and D.
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