DeAndre Jordan is one of the best rim protectors in the league, and a very complete center overall even though his offensive game isn’t the most developed, but he still finds ways to be extremely effective below the rim.
Nonetheless, it doesn’t seem like he can be of much help for a sluggish Los Angeles Clippers team that got off to a terrific start of the season despite the loss of Chris Paul , but that has mightily struggled with injuries of 3 of his starters in Milos Teodosic, Danilo Gallinari and Patrick Beverley and seem to be in quite a predicament.
Losers of 9 in a row, the Clippers season is already looking pretty awful and it doesn’t seem like they can turn things around quickly. So, considering they already have All-Star caliber talent in Blake Griffin and that this upcoming NBA Draft seems to be quite stacked, they’d be better off tanking throughout the rest of the campaign.
And of course, that would leave DeAndre Jordan as their lone “tradeable” and valuable asset, as he could be a major force down low for any suitors willing to risk a couple of young prospects in order to lure him. That’s why today, we’re going to let you know about the top 4 trade destinations for DeAndre Jordan.
4. Milwaukee Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks have already made some noise this season while trading away Greg Monroe to bring Eric Bledsoe on board, and even though they still got Thon Maker (who’s currently working with Kevin Garnett) and John Henson, DeAndre Jordan would be an upgrade for their present aspirations.
Milwaukee is one of the most exciting projects in the Association and they’re already playing outstanding basketball despite their youth, so they could part ways with John Henson (who’d have a very long leash at LA) alongside Jabari Parker (injury-prone player), so the Buck can create a powerful lineup with Bledsoe, Middleton, Antetokoumpo, and if they move Thon Maker on the power forward position, with DeAndre Jordan on the center, they will have the strongest starting lineup in the Eastern Conference.
3. Sacramento Kings
Sacramento is one of the most mediocre teams in the Association right now, something that’s not surprising at all considering how young their roster is. Still, with their constant win-now aspirations, they could try to bring Jordan on board in exchange for Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, and future 2nd rounder.
This move wouldn’t make much sense for the Sacramento Kings, but we already know they truly love to shoot themselves in the foot. Of course, Jordan would be a major improvement for them by now, but they’d be giving up young assets that may wind up being great players for their rebuilding process.
2. Phoenix Suns
The Phoenix Suns are pretty much a disaster right now, but it still feels like they’re just a couple of pieces away from becoming a huge dynasty in the future. Phoenix is craving for a rim protector ever since signing Tyson Chandler and DeAndre Jordan might as well be the answer to their woes.
Besides, considering they already got Devin Booker and Josh Jackson as their future cornerstones, they just need another guy down low to make some noise in the Western Conference, so they could try and send a future 2nd rounder to the Clippers alongside Dragan Bender and Greg Monroe to land DJ.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Well, DeAndre hasn’t been really close to winning an NBA Championship despite playing alongside Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, so he’d be thrilled to have an easy ride to the Finals playing alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love and Isaiah Thomas at Quicken Loans Arena for sure.
The Cavs are in desperate need of a true big man and rim protector and they currently own the much desired Brooklyn Nets 1st round pick and pairing that with Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert would be a very attractive deal for the Clippers.
Another option could be Tristan Thompson + Nets' 1st round pick.
LeBron James will not wait anymore for young players to develop, so the Cavs' Front Office will react as soon as possible to land one All-Star player until the trade deadline.