Prior to the bevy of deals the Cleveland Cavaliers made ahead of last week’s NBA trade deadline, Cavs ownership reportedly approved a trade for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the offer would have sent Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round draft pick to L.A. for Jordan.
The trade supposedly hit a snag, however, when the Clippers desired to get a 3rd team included to take Shumpert and a draft pick in exchange for a center as part of the swap.
With the Clippers supposedly unwilling to take Shumpert, JR Smith or Tristan Thompson in the trade, Cavaliers basic manager Koby Altman turned his attention to the L.A. Lakers.
Altman decided on sending Frye, Isaiah Thomas and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
. He also acquired guards Rodney Hood and George Hill in a three-team trade that sent out Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz, and Shumpert and Joe Johnson to the Sacramento Kings.
Cleveland likewise shipped Dwyane Wade back to the Miami Heat for a greatly safeguarded second-round draft choice.
The Clippers decided to hold on to Jordan despite formerly trading power forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons.
Jordan is a one-time All-Star who figures to be the focal point of the Clippers during the stretch run, as they are simply a half-game out of the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Early returns on Cleveland’s choices are positive, as it has actually won four successive video games, including three in a row considering that the deals were made.
The Cavs dominated the Boston Celtics, 121-99, on Sunday, and followed it up with a 120-112 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.
Cleveland had actually lost 9 of its previous 13 games before the present winning streak, but it is now safely third in the Eastern Conference with a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards at 34-22.