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Clippers not looking to make any trades as deadline looms

February 20, 2013|By Broderick Turner
  • Eric Bledsoe, who scored 27 points in the Clippers' 86-76 victory over the Orlando Magic on Feb. 6, has been mentioned in rumors of a possible trade between the Clippers and the Boston Celtics.
Eric Bledsoe, who scored 27 points in the Clippers' 86-76 victory… (John Raoux / Associated…)

All indications are that the Clippers will not be making any trades before the NBA’s deadline at noon PST on Thursday.

Even Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro said after practice on Wednesday that the team not looking to make any moves because he and his staff like the current team.

The most talked-about rumor had backup point guard Eric Bledsoe and center DeAndre Jordan going to the Boston Celtics for center Kevin Garnett.

Because Bledsoe (23) and Jordan (25) are such young players, Del Negro was asked if he needed to talk with them about the trade rumors.

“No, because if I felt it was necessary, I would do that,” Del Negro said. “But there are a bunch of needs out there. Like you said, they are young players that teams covet and that’s a good thing. That’s a good thing for us. That’s a good thing for them.

“But we feel good with our team right now. Nothing has changed from that aspect. Nothing has been presented to any of us that makes sense for us to do anything different right now. But we’re always available, always looking to make our team as strong as possible. But right now, we feel comfortable with our team.”

The Clippers have a 39-17 record, third best in the Western Conference behind the San Antonio Spurs (43-12), who play the Clippers at Staples Center on Thursday night.

Del Negro said he had talked with Gary Sacks, the Clippers’ vice president of basketball operations, about ways to improve the team and about how good the team is now.

“There is nothing that Gary has brought to me that he feels and I feel is something that we would feel comfortable doing at all,” Del Negro said. “There really hasn’t been any.”

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