Cavs looking to deal Tristan, J.R. and a pick for DJ.
We're just days away from the NBA trade deadline and DeAndre Jordan is still a member of the Los Angeles Clippers. Also, the Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to make a move that could help LeBron James and co. reach another NBA Finals.
The Cavs have long been rumored to have interest in trading for Jordan but the two sides have obviously yet to strike a deal as the Cavs are reluctant to trade the coveted Brooklyn Nets first round pick, which they received as part of the Kyrie Irving trade with Boston.
According to USA Today's Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt, Cavs GM Koby Altman is willing to trade Cleveland's own first round pick in a deal for Jordan, so long as the Clippers take on some "unwanted" contracts, including Tristan Thompson (two years, $36 million remaining) and J.R. Smith ($14.7 million next season, team option worth $15.6 million in 2019-20 with $3.8 million guaranteed).
Per USA Today,
"They’re all represented by Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who built the agency with a huge assist from James. As it pertains to the Cavs’ interest in the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, a person with knowledge of that situation said Cleveland continues to offer only its own first-round pick and this kind of unwanted money in those stalled negotiations. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation."
Jordan, 29, is averaging 11.6 points, 14.9 rebounds and one block per game. He'll continue to be one of the most talked about players leading up to the February 8th trade deadline.