RUMOR: Clippers thought they had DeAndre Jordan deal with Cavs
On Thursday afternoon, the NBA trade deadline ended in a relatively quiet fashion, but not without some noise made hours before. This now restricts any team from making a trade until a new season starts in October. In the aftermath, many individuals are shaking their heads at all of the players who ended up staying put past February 8.
Most notably, people expected DeAndre Jordan of the LA Clippers to be traded prior to the deadline with the Cleveland Cavaliers being the most likely destination. In fact, per ClutchPoints’ Tomer Azarly, the Clippers thought they had a great deal for the Cavs the morning of the trade deadline before everything fell through.
Brian Windhorst earlier today on ESPN’s The Jump – ‘Yesterday morning, there was a time when the Clippers thought DeAndre Jordan was going to the Cavs. The Cavs instead made the deal with the Lakers. When asked about it again, Windy added, “One time for sure. There was a moment when the Clippers thought that DeAndre Jordan was going to the Cavs. I can’t say for sure what happened, but all of a sudden the Cavs instead make a deal with some of the same assets to the Lakers.”
Jordan being traded to the Cavaliers would have been a peculiar move. It’s unlikely that the Cavaliers would have offered Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a late-first rounder for Jordan alone. He is an excellent rebounder and rim protector, but the Cavaliers probably didn’t want to take on Jordan’s $22 million dollar contract this year as well as the potential for him to leave for nothing in free agency this summer. In any case, the Cavs ended up pulling the trigger on a deal with the Lakers, acquiring Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
Currently, the Clippers are stuck with Jordan, even though both parties haven’t agreed to a contract extension. This situation will definitely be interesting moving forward.