It’s been said that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is available. It’s been said that the Cleveland Cavaliers have an interest.
It’s also been said that, so far, that’s as far as any of it has gone.
Once the news came out that Jordan could be available, fans of every team pulled out their favorite trade machine. Fans of the Cavs seemed to do so more than most — as Jordan is a 6-foot-11 protector of the basket, elite rebounder, and sky-walking finisher.
On the downside, he can’t make free throws. Like, at all.
Nor is he much of a defender on the perimeter, an important skill considering how often the Cavs’ big men switch out onto guards.
There have also been questions, though no confirmations, about Jordan’s overall desire. He is big and athletic, and according to some, that is good enough. Size and athleticism make it so he doesn’t really need to work on his game. So he supposedly doesn’t.
Still, most fans would take Jordan over, say, Tristan Thompson.
Thompson was once a fan favorite, but has been on the outs after a season of injuries and inconsistency. The Cavs would not mind moving on. A trade of Thompson and guard Iman Shumpert for Jordan would work, salary-wise.
Word is, though, the Clippers may want a pick. The Cavs likely would not surrender the Brooklyn pick received in a trade with Boston. But they might be willing to part with their own first-rounder, which will most certainly fall somewhere in the 20’s.
So what would you do? If you’re the Cavs, would you go after Jordan? If you’re the Clippers, what could you reasonably expect in return?
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