As we enter 2018, the NBA's trade market is sure to heat up, as teams will only have a month and a half to make moves to try and improve their squads.
A few superstars have been the focus of some intense trade talks leading up to the NBA's trade period, including Paul George, Anthony Davis and DeAndre Jordan, the latter of which is seeming more and more likely to be playing elsewhere come post-All-Star break.
One of the leading candidates for the bigman's services are title-contenders the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have been rumored to be pursuing Jordan ever since the LA Clippers roster took massive injury hits, the major one being Blake Griffin going down with a knee injury and could miss the next 2 months or so.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Cavaliers have already approached the Clippers with an offer.
"...The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been in the mix with an offer built around guard Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson and a first-round pick. It’s been reported that pick was possibly the Brooklyn pick obtained in the Kyrie Irving trade, although sources close to the situation say it was never discussed and that the Cavs were open to moving their own pick in any trade scenarios."
Cleveland's offer doesn't seem that spectacular on paper, with the Cavs willing to part ways with two injury-prone bench pieces and their own first-rounder -- not the Nets' first-rounder -- for an All-Star center, but with the Clippers wanting to focus on rebuilding and DeAndre Jordan reportedly wanting a massive contract at the end of the year worth upwards of $100 million, Los Angeles may be better suited to ship him off for whatever he can fetch them.
"On the surface, none of those deals seem to return much value to the Clippers, but the truth of the matter is the Clippers aren’t necessarily dealing from a position of strength and may end up taking what they can get, even though there is a lot of affection for Jordan in the senior leadership of the Clippers."
As we inch closer to the trade deadline, which falls just before the All-Star break, the Clippers may become more and more desperate to move Jordan, and could very well ship him off for nothing more than a packet of peanuts if other teams manage to play their cards correctly.