Clips exercise Eric Bledsoe option

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Clippers exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Eric Bledsoe, the team announced Thursday.

Bledsoe, who is entering his third NBA season, has averaged 5.6 points, 2.9 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 19.0 minutes over his career. In 40 regular-season games played last year, Bledsoe averaged 3.3 points in 11.6 minutes. Bledsoe underwent surgery Oct. 7 to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee, which sidelined him for 23 of the team's first 24 games last season.

During the Clippers' 2012 playoff run, Bledsoe averaged 7.9 points while shooting 59 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range. In the Clippers' second-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, he averaged 11.5 points while shooting 70 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Bledsoe, who was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Clippers out of Kentucky, was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team after averaging 6.7 points, 3.6 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 22.7 minutes in 81 games during his first year.