Report: LeBron, Lue wanted Cavs to trade for Jordan

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.

Via The Athletic:

“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.

3 Comments on "Report: LeBron, Lue wanted Cavs to trade for Jordan"

  1. Lebrons fault totally. Wants to play the coy little act of not committing to an organization. Might end up costing him the chance to be recognised as ?. Good for CAVS.

  2. I wonder what the Cavs were going to give up. Koby made the right move Players dont strive playing with LeBron/Lue so Jordon would be on his way out this summer leaving the Cavs with absolutely nothing. It seems like Nance and Clarkson are been punished for that decision. All of the new players have been really really bad why? Lue ?

  3. Like Sam said, Lue “coaches players down.” The New 4 were all good before they came to the Cavs, when Lue could not coach them up and make them even better. Rather, Lue benched them and brought out his dinosaurs. If LBJ didn’t have insane performances, the Pacers and Raptors would both have advanced. But now the match up clearly favors the young, hungry Celtics. It’s like the Cavs could handle two rounds of physical basketball, but not three. They look absolutely shot. And LeBron is now their only chance to advance. Lue will do what he can remain the same. The least visionary, least intuitive coach in the league.

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