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The Cleveland Cavaliers made a splash at the February trade deadline, it just wasn’t the one superstar LeBron James and coach Tyronn Lue desired.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, James and Lue wanted the Cavs to trade for Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan in an effort to shore up the team’s defense and center position.
“Now, however, they [the Cavs] can no longer say they’re “All-In.” They cannot say they did whatever they could to keep LeBron here this time. Doing whatever they could to keep him would’ve meant dealing for DeAndre Jordan at the trade deadline, the rim-protecting center Lue coveted and James equally wanted badly.”
The Cavs acquired guards George Hill, Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson, along with forward Larry Nance Jr. at the trade deadline and looked like a brand new team after the new players played the first two games against the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.
All four players now, however, are struggling when it matters the most: the postseason.
Hill scored just three points in the Game 2 loss to the Celtics and Hood and Clarkson have barely seen the floor due to their poor play.
Jordan had another productive season with the Clippers during the regular-season. The high-flyer averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds in 77 games while shooting 64.5 percent from the field.