The Los Angeles Lakers are close to adding one of the NBA’s up-and-coming point guards to their roster. Eric Bledsoe of the Phoenix Suns is rumored to be in a potential sign-and-trade scenario with the Lakers. However, details of the deal have yet to be finalized.
One Laker who will definitely be included if the sign-and-trade does happen is Julius Randle. Randle, the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, is to be an important part of the Lakers’ rebuilding process. However, after adding Carlos Boozer, the Lakers can consider parting ways with Randle before he even begins his NBA career.
The biggest mystery is who else the Lakers will include with Randle in the sign-and-trade. As of now, the Suns have expressed interest in having Jordan Hill be the second piece in the deal. Hill and Randle are both power forwards. Phoenix is in need of a power forward after failing to re-sign Channing Frye this summer. Although the Suns will miss Frye’s ability to shoot from beyond the arc, the youth of Hill and Randle would be important to Phoenix’s future.
Other potential trade additions include Jeremy Lin or the Houston Rockets future first round selection included in the Lin deal. With Lin, the Suns would have a replacement for Bledsoe at the guard. The future first round pick gives the Suns some time to evaluate talented players entering the league later.
The 2013-2014 NBA season was the only season Eric Bledsoe spent with the Suns. He averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game during his time in Phoenix.
Until joining the Suns, Bledsoe served as the backup point guard for Chris Paul on the Los Angeles Clippers. Flashes of his potential were on display when Bledsoe was on the court, but playing behind Paul limited the amount of minutes Bledsoe would receive. Bledsoe has great speed and explosiveness and uses that to get to the basket effectively.
Bledsoe’s addition to the Lakers would mean Los Angeles has a new rising star who has already proven he has a promising future in the NBA. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the rules say that because Julius Randle signed a rookie contract, he cannot be traded for 30 days. This either gives the Lakers more negotiation time or this gives the Suns the ability to find a better trade for Bledsoe.