Cavaliers still talking DeAndre Jordan trade with Clippers

Sheri Evans
February 9, 2018

As the NBA's 3:00 p.m. ET came and went with a bang on Thursday afternoon, the LA Clippers found themselves unable to find a trade partner for DeAndre Jordan, according to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Cavaliers have not received any sort of longterm commitment from LeBron James, who can - and nearly certainly will - opt out of his current contract to become a free agent this summer.

The Cavaliers also have fellow big man Tristan Thompson to dangle in any potential Jordan deal, but Thompson's value has dipped and he has two years and over $35 million remaining on his contract beyond this season.

Los Angeles has had Jordan on the block for most of the deadline and multiple teams have been connected to him. As ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks outlined, the cap explosion of 2016 - when teams spent frivolously because of an abundance of new TV money - and the near-flattening of it thereafter, has left very few teams with cap space.

In this situation, since the Clippers would be in full rebuild mode if Jordan leaves, they will likely want either draft picks or some prospects they're high on from the Raptors.

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It's expected to be a tough year to be a free agent.

Additionally, plenty of contending teams can use a player with Jordan's rim protecting skills.

Acquiring Jordan will not be easy because of the Clippers' preference for a trade that can create financial flexibility, but it is worth a try for the Blazers because he is a significant upgrade over Jusuf Nurkić.

In previous negotiations [VIDEO] between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers, one of the sticking points has been the refusal of the Cavs to part with the 2018 Brooklyn Nets' first-round pick.

However, the Clippers said no.

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