Monday afternoon, the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans agreed to what should be one of many trades to be made in the NBA over the next week or so.
New Orelans agreed to ship Eric Bledsoe, Steven Adams, their No. 10 pick and No. 40 picks in this year’s draft, along with the Lakers’ 2022 first-round pick (Top-10 Protected) to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for big man Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 17 pick and No. 51 pick in this year’s draft.
New Orleans had been searching for ways to move either Bledsoe and Adams for months now and in this deal, they were able to move on from them both. The Grizzlies will likely look to keep Steven Adams to replace Jonas Valanciunas in their frontcourt, but Eric Bledsoe may never put on a Grizzlies uniform.
Whether they look to trade Bledsoe again or potentially look to buy him out of his contract, Eric Bledsoe is not expected to stay in Memphis according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. The 31-year-old guard finished up his 11th year in the NBA and the Pelicans were the fourth team Bledsoe has played for in his career.
In 71 games for the Pelicans during the 2020-21 season, Bledsoe averaged 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists and shot 42.1% from the floor, 34.1% from three-point range. He has proven to still be a useful contributor, but does not appear to be the high-level, two-way stud he once was when he played with the Phoenix Suns from 2013-2017.
With the Grizzlies likely to look for ways to move Eric Bledsoe before this trade becomes official on August 6, there are a few teams who could be interested in pursuing the veteran guard. Let’s take a look at three teams who could look to add themselves to this Pelicans-Grizzlies trade to acquire Eric Bledsoe.