Stephen A Smith believes the LA Clippers chose wrong in their decision to trade Patrick Beverley for Eric Bledsoe
Yep, it happened. Patrick Beverley has officially been shipped out to Memphis, for the Clippers to acquire Eric Bledsoe.
To be clear here, the Clippers sent Pat Bev, Rajon Rondo, and Daniel Oturu for the former Pelicans star.
Ever since this trade went down, there have been arguments upon arguments about how good this trade could really be.
Sure, the Grizzlies don’t have much to worry about here to be frank. They needed defense, they got it in the form of Patrick Beverley, and in some part, in Rondo. And of course, these two players can even serve as potential secondary or tertiary ball handlers when the situation calls for it, taking a massive load off the shoulders of Ja Morant.
What about the Clippers though? Was this a good idea? Or was it one that could potentially tank the team next season? Stephen A Smith certainly believes reality it’s the latter option.
What are we talking about, you ask? Well then, let’s get into it.
Stephen A Smith predicts the LA Clippers to be worse off during the playoffs without Patrick Beverley
In our honest opinion, this trade really wasn’t a good idea for the Clippers.
Sure, Patrick Beverley didn’t offer too much on the offensive end, but he did have the ability to make some crucial shots. And on the defensive end, while neutral fans may not like his attitude too much, he is a dog, something every team needs.
During the regular season, sure Eric Bledsoe is the better player by far. However, history shows that all that goes out the window when the postseason begins.
At the very least, that’s what we think about this trade. And it seems Stephen A Smith agrees with us completely. Take a look at the clip in the tweet below.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) August 16, 2021
Honestly, that sounds about right.
Of course, it is possible for a player to get used to the postseason over time, and even start performing at a higher level. However, having seen Bledsoe’s drop-off in the playoffs with the Bucks already, we’re doubtful as to how likely it is for him to do it in his time, in LA.
So, as much as we think the Clippers are trying to get better, they may just have gotten significantly worse this offseason.