Report: Ex-Cat Bledsoe traded to Phoenix

Associated PressJuly 2, 2013 

It looks as if former University of Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe is about to get his shot.

Bledsoe, who played in the shadow of John Wall during his one season at UK in 2009-10 and has spent all three of his NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers as a backup to All-Star Chris Paul, was traded Tuesday to the Phoenix Suns, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

The trade cannot be officially announced, nor can Bledsoe begin negotiating a contract extension with the Suns, until July 10.

In Phoenix, Bledsoe joins former UK shooting guard Archie Goodwin, a first-round draft pick of the Suns last week.

The Suns have two point guards in Goran Dragic and former North Carolina standout Kendall Marshall, but it's expected that Bledsoe will be given every opportunity to become the team's point guard of the future. Dragic was the team's leading scorer last season and is under contract for three more seasons. Phoenix recently hired a new coach and a new general manager.

According to the Yahoo! Sports report, the trade involving Bledsoe was a three-team deal.

The Clippers get former Duke sharpshooter J.J. Redick from the Milwaukee Bucks and swingman Jared Dudley from Phoenix.

In addition to Bledsoe, the Suns receive Clippers forward Caron Butler.

The Bucks get two second-round draft picks, one from each of the other teams.

Los Angeles was expected to shop Bledsoe, a talented 23-year-old who performed well when stepping in for an injured Paul for part of last season, with Paul having accepted a five-year, $107 million maximum contract extension to stay with the Clippers and play for new head coach Doc Rivers.

The 6-foot-1 Bledsoe has averaged 6.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game in three seasons with the Clippers.

In 2012-13, Bledsoe averaged 8.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals.

Bulls: Veteran center Nazr Mohammed says he is staying with Chicago.

The former UK player announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will re-sign with his hometown team, saying it was "an easy decision" and he was looking forward to "going to battle with a group of guys who never made excuses and just tried to find a way to win."

Several media outlets also reported that the Bulls have agreed to a two-year deal with Mike Dunleavy Jr. as they try to boost their shooting. Dunleavy, an 11-year veteran, spent the past two years with Milwaukee and averaged 10.5 points while shooting 42.8 percent on three-pointers.

Celtics: Former UK player Rajon Rondo, who partially tore his ACL in late January, is still targeting a training camp return to the court, Boston president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said Monday.

"That's our objective. I'm sure in training camp, there will be some maintenance," Ainge said in an article on MassLive.com. "Opening day is a goal of his and ours, but there's no certainty in any of that. We think things are going really well, and that's still a good goal to have."

Rondo underwent surgery in mid-February.

Timberwolves: Minnesota has agreed to terms on a three-year, $16 million deal with free agent swingman Chase Budinger.

Wizards: Martell Webster has agreed to a four-year deal to stay with Washington.

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