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There are NBA rumors, and then there are NBA rumors. Today, we’ll be breaking down the latter, as two of the biggest names in the NBA are the subject of the league’s latest buzz.
DeAndre Jordan Reportedly on the Block
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Here is a list of the Los Angeles Clippers currently injured: Blake Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley, Milos Teodosic.
Here is the team’s record thus far this season: 8-13.
Here is the likelihood the Clippers will keep themselves in the playoff picture while Griffin is sidelined: Highly unlikely. Borderline impossible.
And here is DeAndre Jordan’s contract situation: He is under contract for $24 million next season, per Spotrac.com, though he can opt out of his deal before the 2018-19 campaign and become a free agent.
It shouldn’t be a surprise, then, that Jordan’s name is being floated in trade rumors. He’s basically the perfect storm of tradeable conditions, and the Clippers could be facing a lost season and may be better off leaning into a short-term tank mode to add young players and assets alongside Griffin and Gallinari for the coming years.
Certainly, Jordan has already been linked to various teams. Basketball writer Gery Woelfel reported that the Milwaukee Bucks may be leading the charge to land him:
“The Bucks recently acquired veteran guard Eric Bledsoe from the Phoenix Suns, and now the scuttlebutt around the league is they are making a concerted push to acquire veteran center Jordan from the Clippers.
“Jordan’s name has been mentioned in trade rumors for several weeks and, as one might expect, there isn’t a shortage of teams interested in him. According to sources, the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Bucks have shown the most interest in Jordan.
“Sources said Clipper officials have targeted three Bucks in any deal for Jordan. One is John Henson, who is currently the team’s starting center, while the others are reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, who lost his starting spot when Bledsoe came aboard, and standout swingman Khris Middleton.
“The Clippers, I’ve been told, are adamant in acquiring at least two of the aforementioned Bucks and may even demand all three of them.”
Jordan has also been linked with a potential trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, per Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.
There are essentially two reasons for the Clippers to hold on to Jordan: Either they truly believe they can make a playoff push…