The Los Angeles Clippers may be interested in trading backup point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Utah Jazz for power forward Paul Millsap.
The teams are mutually interested in discussing the proposed deal as Thursday's deadline approaches, sources with knowledge of the Clippers' thinking told ESPN.com late Saturday night.
However, two other sources told ESPN.com that the Clippers do not want to trade Bledsoe and would probably stand pat.
Bledsoe was part of an earlier trade rumor that had him and center DeAndre Jordan or forward Caron Butler going to the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett, but Garnett has said he will not waive his no-trade clause.
The Clippers reportedly value Bledsoe highly, even though he plays behind All-Star Chris Paul. One reason the Clippers want to hold on to Bledsoe is that Paul has not signed a long-term deal with the Clippers. Bledsoe is not a restricted free agent until after the 2013-14 season.
Acquiring a big man with impact may increase Paul's chances of wanting to stay with the Clippers long-term.
If the Clippers and Jazz make a deal, Los Angeles has to add another player to make the salary-cap numbers work.
Bledsoe is averaging 9.6 points and 3.3 assists per game this season while Millsap is averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest.