You know what time it is. NBA trade deadline day, and that means that we’re about to be drowned in a wave of NBA moves in the next five or so hours.
One of the biggest storylines heading into deadline day is the potential trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers that would send All-Star center DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland to help LeBron and Co. contend for a title.
Jordan has been on and off the block repeatedly as the trade deadlines nears, with multiple teams — not just the Cavs — trying to trade for DJ. Franchises such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and even the Milwaukee Bucks have all shown interest in trading for the 6’11 big man.
But according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Cleveland are trying to enlist the help of a third team to try and bring Jordan to the Cavs.
The Clippers and Cavaliers continue to discuss the possibility of a trade centered on DeAndre Jordan, including conversations with potential third teams to help create a pathway to a deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Considering the fact that Jordan’s contract will be up at the end of this year, and with the Clippers roster looking as uncompetitive as ever after trading away Blake Griffin to Detroit, it’d be fairly likely that Jordan would test the market if he was to remain in LA for the rest of the season.
The above scenario is exactly the reason why the Clippers need to form a deal within the next five hours, or risk losing DeAndre for absolutely nothing. With Cleveland offering perhaps the most enticing asset out of all teams gunning for the center — Brooklyn’s 2018 first-round pick, which would aid the Clippers’ rebuilding efforts — it seems like the Cavs have the best shot of landing Jordan if LA suddenly gets desperate.