Just days ago, the LA Clippers officially announced the hiring of NBA legend and Hall of Famer Jerry West as a team consultant. The Clippers, who have lost in the first round of the playoffs in two straight seasons, are perhaps looking to change things up with their roster this summer. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, one name is already being tossed about in trade rumors: All-Star center DeAndre Jordan.
Haynes reports that the Clippers are starting to gauge trade-market interest on the star big man with several teams:
Sources say the Clippers, in an exploratory fashion, have spoken to a few teams regarding the nine-year veteran.
One of the teams contacted was the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN. A proposal of Jordan in exchange for veteran center Tyson Chandler and the Suns’ No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA draft was discussed, sources said.
The Suns, however, are believed to have balked at the overture.
Should Clippers power forward Blake Griffin bolt during free agency next month, rival executives believe the Jordan relocation pursuit would intensify.
The Clippers, desperate for youth and athleticism, averaged as the oldest team in the league last season and are without a pick in the upcoming draft. The team, a source said, is expected to be aggressive in attempting to buy a second-round pick.
Jordan, 28, has two years and $46 million remaining on his contract. The final year is a player option.
Chandler, 34, has two years and $26 million left on his deal.