On again, off again. On again, off again. That’s the type of relationship DeAndre Jordan and the Cleveland Cavaliers have had all season it seems.
The All-Star center has been linked with the Cavs for a while now, and rumors have only upped in intensity as the trade deadlines nears and Cleveland’s drama on and off the court increases.
With time running out for the Cavs — the trade deadline falls on February 8th — they need to make a move for an All-Star talent as soon as possible, and it seems they’ve already attempted to snag Jordan from L.A with a pretty low-ball offer, to say the least.
ICYMI: The Cavaliers have offered their 2018 first-round pick, JR Smith, Tristan Thompson and cash to the Clippers for DeAndre Jordan. (via @USATODAY)
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) February 5, 2018
According to USA TODAY, the Cavs have made an offer to the Clippers that included shooting guard J.R. Smith, forward Tristan Thompson, and their own — not the Brooklyn Nets’ — 2018 first-round pick in exchange for DeAndre.
Obviously, given the fact that L.A. would be absorbing both Smith and Thompson‘s huge contracts — worth over a combined $60 million over the next two and a half seasons — and only getting Cleveland’s first-rounder as incentive, a pick that would probably land somewhere in the mid-20’s, the Clippers elected to decline the offer.
Cavs only offered their own 2018 1st-Round Pick in this deal, Clippers obviously declined. https://t.co/59kaA8IKAq
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) February 5, 2018
If the Cavs perhaps included Brooklyn’s first-rounder, as well as a young bench player such as Cedi Osman or the like to sweeten the deal without affecting the salaries much, Los Angeles may be more inclined to accept Cleveland’s request.
However, owner Dan Gilbert has made it clear that he isn’t fond of parting with Brooklyn’s pick, most likely to save his franchise if LeBron James does in fact leave them high and dry this offseason, so unless the Cavaliers can sweeten the deal, or the Clippers get extremely desperate, DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland is looking extremely unlikely.