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Magic Interested In Eric Bledsoe?

2013 May 29
by Andrew Melnick

According to Chad Ford of (Insider), the Orlando Magic are interested in trading for Los Angeles Clippers point guard Eric Bledsoe. Ford says the Magic could trade wing Arron Afflalo and bring back Bledsoe and veteran Caron Butler, who will be entering the last year of his contract. Bledsoe is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will likely become a restricted free agent following next season, meaning Orlando could match any offer.

During the 2012-13 season, Bledsoe’s third, the Kentucky product averaged 8.5 points, 3.1 assists, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Bledsoe appeared in 76 games, starting 12 and played 20.4 minutes per game. He shot 44.5% from the field, 39.7% from beyond the arc and 79.1% from the free throw line. Bledsoe scored a career high 27 points against the Magic on February 6th of this season at the Amway Center. He also added six steals and three blocks in that games.

Afflalo averaged 16.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while shooting 43.9% from the field, 30.0% from the three-point line and 85.7% from the charity stripe last season.

Bledsoe is scheduled to make $2,626,473 next season and has a qualifying offer of  $3,726,966 the following season (meaning he will almost certainly become a restricted free agent). Afflalo is owed $7,750,000 in each of the next two seasons and has a player option worth $7,937,500 for the 2015-16 season. Butler is owed $8 million next season.

This would probably pave the way for the Magic to take Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore rather than Michigan point guard Trey Burke, who will soon work out for the Magic.

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