DeAndre Jordan And Cleveland Cavaliers Getting Closer To Closing Deal

PHOENIX AZ – FEBRUARY 2 Joe Johnson

PHOENIX AZ – FEBRUARY 2 Joe Johnson

The Los Angeles Clippers traded Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons last week in a stunning blockbuster, and various rumors suggest L.A. also could deal away DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline.

It is not surprising that Cleveland is trying to find a third club to help bolster the package for Los Angeles, as the Cavaliers don't have a whole lot of assets to trade for Jordan.

The Cavaliers have not received any sort of longterm commitment from LeBron James, who can - and nearly certainly will - opt out of his current contract to become a free agent this summer.

Multi-team trades are nothing new to the National Basketball Association, but it is intriguing that a team is stepping in to potentially help out the Cavs.

ESPN.com's Chris Haynes reported that L.A. One current target is Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, though how serious their offer is remains open to debate.

Jordan was named to the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time last season, as he averaged 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game while shooting a career-best 71.4 percent from the field. He led the National Basketball Association in field-goal percentage in each of the past five seasons.

"The 6'11" big man is also among the NBA's most durable players.

Acquiring Jordan will not be easy because of the Clippers' preference for a trade that can create financial flexibility, but it is worth a try for the Blazers because he is a significant upgrade over Jusuf Nurkić. A package of Marcin Gortat, Jason Smith (perhaps heading to a third team), Kelly Oubre and a first-round pick has always been my favorite realistic Jordan package.

Jordan has a $24 million player option next season that he seems likely to decline to become a free agent.

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