The Los Angeles Clippers have traded Patrick Beverley, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies for point guard Eric Bledsoe, ESPN reported.
This trade will save the Clippers luxury tax payments worth around $25 million, and the Grizzlies, who are looking for salary-cap room next season, could save $3.9 million, according to John Hollinger from the Athletic.
This is the second major activity this summer after the Clippers managed to secure Kawhi Leonard’s four-year, $176 million deal on Thursday.
Bledsoe returns to Los Angeles after he spent 11 years in his first stint with the team. The 31-year-old was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 NBA Draft before being traded to the Clippers.
In his second season, even though the point guard performed quite well and was included in the NBA All-Rookie Second Team, Bledsoe was traded to the Phoenix Suns where he played for six seasons until 2017.
Bledsoe then arrived in Milwaukee and made his debut for the Bucks against the San Antonio Spurs on November 10, 2017. He scored 13 points and had 7 assists in that game.
Two seasons later, Bledsoe signed a four-year, $70 million extension with the Bucks, and for the first time he was a 2019 NBA All-Defensive First Team selection for his excellent defensive performance all season.