MILWAUKEE — Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was a hot commodity at this year’s NBA trade deadline, as multiple teams were interested in trading for the high-flyer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Milwaukee Bucks kicked the tires on a Jordan deal and offered the Clippers potential packages for the All-Star big man, with nothing ever transpiring.
League sources told AmicoHoops that the Bucks were the team pushing the hardest to acquire Jordan, as the club desperately wanted to upgrade its center position for the stretch run of the season.
In the end, the Clippers and Bucks were never able to agree upon a trade and Jordan remained in Los Angeles while his pal Blake Griffin got moved to the Detroit Pistons.
Since the Griffin trade, Jordan is averaging 13.1 points and 16.9 rebounds while shooting 61.7 percent from the field. The 29-year-old has improved his free-throw shooting as well, as he’s hitting 64.1 percent from the charity stripe.
The Bucks hosted Jordan and the Clippers Wednesday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center and Jordan torched Milwaukee, posting 25 points and 22 rebounds in LA’s 127-120 victory.
Jordan registered a double-double in the first quarter alone, going for 14 points and 10 rebounds. The Bucks had no answer for Jordan all night, and as they continue to fade in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, management might be starting to regret not acquiring Jordan.