According to Chris Hayes at ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers are gauging interest in All-Star center DeAndre Jordan.
ESPN Sources: Los Angeles Clippers surveying landscape for potential DeAndre Jordan trade. https://t.co/2MuTa757uS
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 21, 2017
In more of an “exploratory fashion” the team has made calls around the league regarding the 7-foot Texan. One of the teams that received a call was the Phoenix Suns, who sources say, asked for center Tyson Chandler and the No. 4 pick in he 2017 NBA Draft which takes place Thursday night.
The Clippers could be preparing for the worst as it’s possible that superstar’s Blake Griffin and Chris Paul could be suited up for someone else in November. Paul has been rumored to be interested in the San Antonio Spurs , while Griffin has been connected to the Celtics.
Chris Paul is leaning ‘very heavily’ towards signing with Spurs, says sources close to Chris Paul’s camp. pic.twitter.com/qrLdu5Z2R6
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherRepor1) June 20, 2017
Many believe that if Griffin decided to bolt out of town it’s inevitable that Jordan trade talks will intensify. While the Suns scoffed at the trade proposal it’s possible a lot of teams around the league would have high interest in the nine-year veteran.
What seems to be the most ironic part of the situation is that in the 2015 NBA off-season the Clippers refused to let Jordan sign with the Dallas Mavericks. Like, quite literally refused to let him sign as Head Coach Doc Rivers and players from the team basically locked themselves into Jordan’s house until he re-signed with the team. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban actually drove around Jordan’s hometown of Houston, in what will be remembered as one of the most bizarre free agency stores of all-time. Seems odd that it was such a damning attempt to keep a guy who would be traded two years later.
Whether or not Jordan is traded it seem’s interesting that the Clippers are potentially looking into life without their “Big Three”. This past season DeAndre Jordan averaged 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per-game, and made his first All-Star appearance.