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Thursday, June 24, 2010
Bledsoe heads to Clippers

By Ramona Shelburne

The Los Angeles Clippers have acquired the rights to Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a future protected first-round pick, a team source said on Thursday.

The trade has not yet been finalized by the NBA league office.

The Clippers were fairly busy on draft night.

They took Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu with the eighth pick earlier.

The Thunder had selected Bledsoe 18th overall but he immediately seemed to be an odd fit in the Oklahoma City backcourt, which is led by former UCLA star Russell Westbrook.

Bledsoe was overshadowed at UK by fellow freshman John Wall, who went No. 1 overall to the Wizards. But he averaged 11.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Wildcats last season. He shot 47 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

At 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, Bledsoe has good size for a point guard and quickness. He likely will become the primary backup to Baron Davis.

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for