The Toronto Raptors have joined the trade talks surrounding Eric Bledsoe of the Los Angeles Clippers, potentially shopping former Trojan DeMar DeRozan in the a deal, according to ESPNLA.com.
The talks between the Clippers and the Raptors are described as still in the exploratory phase by ESPNLA, but Toronto’s interest in Bledsoe is reportedly very high.
Demar signed a $40 million-dollar contract with the Raptors last season, so the fact that they are already looking to trade him is interesting. The Clippers however have not exactly been too keen on Toronto’s sales pitch, as of right now, due partly new new head coach Doc Rivers’ vision for the team:
The Raptors have been openly shopping out-of-favor forward Andrea Bargnani and have likewise pitched a trade scenario in which L.A. would receive both Bargnani and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan, but sources say new Clippers coach Doc Rivers — who was also named senior vice president of basketball operations — continues to express interest in not only hanging onto Bledsoe but also keeping center DeAndre Jordan.
ESPNLA’s sources say that the Clippers are more interested in Bargnani than DeRozan, but that they doubt L.A. would want to give up Bledsoe in a deal for a player Toronto has been trying to get rid of for some time now.
In addition to the Raptors, the Orlando Magic are also interested in a trade with the Clippers for Bledsoe, as are the Detroit Pistons.