After going to new and laughable lengths to retain him two summers ago, the Los Angeles Clippers finally appear ready to part with center DeAndre Jordan.
According to ESPN’s Chris Hayes, the Clippers have reached out to multiple teams in an effort to flip Jordan, who made his first All-Star team in 2016-17. LA even offered the Jordan to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for veteran center Tyson Chandler and the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, a proposal Phoenix reportedly rebuffed quickly.
When Jordan agreed to a free-agent contract with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2015, he was visited by several members of the Clippers, including Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers, who convinced Jordan to renege on the deal and sign a four-year, $88 million contract to rejoin the Clippers, with the ability to opt out after the 2017-18 season.
In addition to the Suns, the Clippers have discussed a Jordan trade with the Detroit Pistons, who own the 12th pick in the draft.
Could the Clippers, the oldest team in the NBA last season by average age, actually be attempting to get younger? It’s possible, but because they’re the Clippers—who haven’t drafted and developed a rotation player since Al Farouq-Aminu in 2010—don’t rule out the possibility of their hoping to acquire trade assets to jump into the Paul George race.