The Clippers have had a rough start to the year so far this season. They have gotten bit by the injury bug bad. The Clippers were still expected to be decent without Chris Paul, but that isn’t the case. They aren’t going to be a contender and probably not even a playoff team. You know what this means… let the tanking begin.

The Clippers have little young talent as of right now and should start looking ahead to the future. To tank, they will need to trade some of their older, more expensive players. One of those players is DeAndre Jordan. Jordan is the type of player that thrives with a point guard. Without a point guard, not so much.

Jordan is known for his ridiculous posters off of the pick-and-roll. The Clippers are without a point guard who is known as a great passer. They just lost Patrick Beverley for the season, they lost Milos Teodosic and don’t know when he’s coming back, and Danillo Gallinari is injured as expected. Jordan was never a great offensive player. He is having his worst offensive season since 2012-13. He just isn’t as productive due to CP3’s departure. The Clippers are finally realizing that they need to start planning for the future. A report came out that ‘multiple teams’ are interested in the Clippers star center. Some teams make sense for DeAndre and he would fit right in. The problem is that DeAndre Jordan has a large contract.

The Clippers owe DJ $46.7 million over the next two years, so most teams won’t be able to afford him. There are only a few teams that would make sense.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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The Cavs haven’t gotten off to the start they would have liked this season. They have dealt with injuries to Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert. A trade for Jordan would make a lot of sense for the Cavs and would help them contend against the Celtics and Warriors.

If the Cavs were all healthy, their lineup would be scary. The Cavs are one of the few teams that can afford Jordan. A trade with the Clippers would likely be a package that includes Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and a draft pick or two. DeAndre would fit perfectly into this Cavaliers team who needs an extra piece to defeat the Warriors.

Cleveland is 20th in the league in rebounding this season which is their lowest since 2012. The Cavs have been operating with a lot of ‘small ball’ lineups so far this year as well. Adding DeAndre would be a huge move to push Cleveland. His 13.8 rebounds a game would lead to a lot of extra shots and second-chance points.

Milwaukee Bucks

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The Bucks just made big trade by trading Greg Monroe and multiple draft picks to the Suns for Eric Bledsoe. The Bucks needed a great point guard badly in past years and they finally got it. Bledsoe spent his first three seasons in Los Angeles with DeAndre Jordan. The two are still close. When Bledsoe sent out his ‘I don’t want to be here tweet,’ DeAndre responded with this.

The two are still close together and still are interested in playing together. The Bucks backcourt is all set as long as Bledsoe and Middleton can stay healthy. They have one of the best players in the game in Giannis Antetokounmpo. Remember the Bucks still have Jabari Parker as well who played very well last season before getting injured. Thon Maker, also known as ‘future MVP’ according to Kevin Garnett, has been starting so far this season and has been doing alright. Adding DJ to this young Bucks team would make them a stand-out team in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks will have to give up a good amount to acquire the Clippers star center. The most likely package for Jordan would include John Henson, Mirza Teletovic, and Malcolm Brogdon. That might be hard for Bucks fans to hear but the Clippers are trying to get young pieces. There is no way that Brogdon will not come up in trade talks. Matthew Dellavedova would likely come up in trade talks, as well.

Dallas Mavericks

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In case you don’t remember, DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed to a contract with the Dallas Mavericks back in 2015.  Then Jordan ‘changed his mind’ and decided to re-sign with the Clippers. The Mavs wanted Jordan very badly and went all out to sign DJ. Now a few years later, they can try again. The Mavs traded for Nerlens Noel last season, hoping that he was their center of the future, but that hasn’t worked out great so far.

The Mavs are one of the few teams that can actually trade for DJ and they could use a star center to help attract free agents and work with the younger guys even though the Mavs are far from contenders and aren’t going to be a playoff team for awhile. A trade for DJ wouldn’t make a lot of sense for the team, but Mark Cuban has made some questionable moves in the past and they ended up working. Cuban is a guy who loves a big-name player and DeAndre Jordan is a big name.

A trade for DeAndre Jordan would likely include a package of Wesley Matthews, Nerlens Noel, and a young guy such as Yogi Ferrell. This trade is unlikely and I don’t see the Clippers doing it but it is a possibility.

Washington Wizards

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This trade is an unlikely one as well, but it is possible. DeAndre Jordan would fit right into the Wizards lineup but the Wizards don’t have enough pieces to trade for DJ. A package of Ian Mahinmi, Markieff Morris, Tim Frazier and maybe a draft pick would work, it’s just that the Clippers wouldn’t want Mahinmi’s ridiculous contract. The Wizards would have to trade Gortat if they were going to acquire DeAndre Jordan. But you never know, it could happen.

Houston Rockets

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This is a trade that is VERY unlikely, but it is possible. A reunion of DeAndre Jordan and CP3 in Houston would be must-see basketball. The Rockets should try to trade for DJ but aside from Ryan Anderson, they don’t have a lot of pieces. It would take Ryan Anderson and a package of draft picks to get the Clippers to consider trading DJ. The Rockets would have to throw in Clint Capela to for a fair trade, but the Clippers could get a better offer.

If there is one thing that I have learned in this past season in the NBA, it is that anything can happen. Who knows, maybe it could happen. It is very unlikely though.

Other Teams

Obviously the Boston Celtics are a  team that would make sense for Jordan, but they cannot afford him. The Celtics would have to give up either Kyrie, Hayward, or Horford to acquire DeAndre. We would all love to see DeAndre join Boston but sadly, it is impossible.

Two other teams that have the pieces and cap space to trade for DJ is Orlando and Chicago. Those two teams are unlikely but do have the pieces to get a fair deal done.


Ethan Carter, @theleaguesource