OCTOBER 27: Bledsoe was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence on Wednesday night in Lost Hills, California, shortly after word broke of his deal with the Shanghai Sharks, according to a TMZ report. It’s unclear whether the Chinese club still intends to move forward with Bledsoe’s deal following his arrest.
OCTOBER 26: Veteran guard Eric Bledsoe will sign with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. This will be Bledsoe’s first time playing overseas after 12 years in the NBA.
The 32-year-old began last season as a starter with the Clippers and averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 54 games. He was traded to the Trail Blazers in February, but soreness in his left Achilles tendon prevented him from ever playing for Portland. The Blazers waived him in July and stretched the $3.9MM in guaranteed money left on his contract.
After one season at Kentucky, Bledsoe was selected with the 18th pick in the 2010 draft. He appeared in 756 total games with the Clippers, Suns, Bucks and Pelicans.