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Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan has hired new representation with trade discussions and free agency on his immediate horizon, according to a report by ESPN.
Jordan has been without an agent for the last two years. The high-flyer is hiring Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, per ESPN.
Schwartz is believed to be the NBA’s highest-earning agent, representing Jordan’s Clippers teammate, Blake Griffin, as well as Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Portland’s C.J. McCollum and many others.
Last week, the Washington Post reported that Jordan has been coming up in trade conversations, with multiple teams talking potential trades for the 29-year-old. The nine-year veteran is one of the best basket protectors and above-the-rim finishers we have in the game today and Jordan has become a hot commodity ever since the Clippers lost star forward Blake Griffin to a knee injury.
According to Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks have shown interest in Jordan.
The Clippers and Jordan did hold brief contract extension talks in September, but discussions stalled a while back. Jordan handled all the negotiations since he didn’t have any representation at the time.
In 22 games this season, Jordan is averaging 10.4 points and 13.9 rebounds while shooting 68.8 percent from the field. He’s making $22.6 million and can become a free agent in the offseason.
The Clippers enter today with a record of 8-14, sitting in the 10th spot in the Western Conference.