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Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been coming up in trade conversations as of late, with multiple teams talking potential trades for the 29-year-old high-flyer.
A nine-year veteran, Jordan is one of the best basket protectors and above-the-rim finishers we have in the game today and has become a hot commodity ever since the Clippers lost star forward Blake Griffin to a knee injury.
Jordan recently hired Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management as his new representation after not having an agent for the last two years.
Schwartz represented Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd for much of his playing career and helped him join the Bucks in 2014. According to Ken Berger of Bleacher Report, the Kidd-Schwartz-Jordan ties give the Bucks a distinct advantage if the Clippers decide to move Jordan.
“Among the teams “kicking the tires hard” on Jordan’s availability in a trade, according to a Western Conference executive, are the Milwaukee Bucks. Having added Eric Bledsoe to a rising young core that includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and reigning Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, the Bucks are an intriguing potential destination. According to the Western Conference executive, Milwaukee is intent on adding size and rebounding at the trade deadline.”
The Racine Journal Times reported last week that the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Minnesota Timberwolves have also shown interest in Jordan, with the Bucks being the frontrunners to land the big man.
The Clippers reportedly are adamant in acquiring John Henson, Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton from the Bucks.
Before the season started, Jordan and the Clippers held brief contract extension talks. Discussions stalled a while back, though, and Jordan handled all the negotiations since he didn’t have an agent at the time.
In 23 games so far this year, Jordan is averaging 10.7 points and 14.2 rebounds while shooting 68.6 percent from the field. He’s making $22.6 million and can become a free agent in the offseason.