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Los Angeles Clippers announce trade for Eric Bledsoe

May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) shoots against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at Spectrum Center. The New Orleans Pelicans won 112-110. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
May 9, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) shoots against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at Spectrum Center. The New Orleans Pelicans won 112-110. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers on Monday made official their acquisition of guard Eric Bledsoe in exchange for three players.

The Clippers sent guards Patrick Beverley and Rajon Rondo, and center Daniel Oturu to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Bledsoe, who returns after playing his first three NBA seasons in Los Angeles.

“We are excited to add Eric, a strong, versatile guard and an established playmaker who can attack the paint and defend multiple positions,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said in a statement. “Eric started his career with the Clippers and we’re delighted to bring him back.”

Bledsoe, 31, originally was drafted in the first round (18th overall) out of Kentucky in 2010 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who immediately traded him to Los Angeles. He returns with 11 seasons of NBA experience with four teams.

Bledsoe played with the New Orleans Pelicans last season and was moved to the Grizzles on Aug. 7 in the three-team trade that also included the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has averaged 14 points, 4.7 assists and 3.9 rebounds over 702 career games (539 starts) and has also played for the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.

–Field Level Media