Cleveland Cavaliers almost traded for DeAndre Jordan

Cleveland Cavaliers almost traded for DeAndre Jordan

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly tried to acquire DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers right up until the day of the National Basketball Association trade deadline, but something happened that caused the deal to fall through.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland's initial offer of Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs' 2018 first-round draft pick was rebuffed because L.A. didn't want Shumpert.

"The Clippers were closing on a third-team to take on Shumpert, and Altman had to determine if he could create a pathway to a deal with that first-round pick still on its way to the Lakers". It made sense. Cleveland needed a roster shakeup to inject energy into a stale lineup, they needed defense, and Jordan would bring both.

We know now which direction Altman went, and that choice leaves a fascinating what-if behind.

The Clippers on the other hand are also only a half game out of the eight seed in the Western Conference, and will be happy to have Jordan alongside Lou Williams to lead this team.

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In return, they acquired George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood.

Altman stayed on the phone with Winger on Thursday morning, keeping the DeAndre Jordan deal within reach. The center has one year left on his deal worth more than $24 million, though he could choose to decline the player option and become a free agent.

The Cavs are 3-0 since the trade deadline, winning on the road against the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder in their last two games. But that's not all; they've also won four in a row.

But, man, if the Cavaliers fail to get out of the East this season and paved the way for the Lakers to sign LeBron this summer with their deadline deals, even if L.A. could eventually clear the cap space for James anyway, the aborted Jordan trade will linger as an alternative timeline. Still, the depth that the new dudes now provide is encouraging, too, so long as Clarkson, Hood and Nance continue to make a consistent impact. But according to a long and thorough report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday, the overhaul was almost even more drastic. What's more, he had to decide: Were the Cavaliers motivated to extend Jordan's contract at over $100 million?

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