Wojnarowski: Blazers and Clippers Have Had DeAndre Jordan Discussions
Neil Olshey has talked at length about Portland's need for a rim-protecting center. And he's also rather familiar with Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. So it makes sense that, according to Yahoo! Sports columnist and NBA oracle Adrian Wojarnowski the Trail Blazers and Clippers have had discussions about a potential trade for Jordan.
Jordan was one of the centerpieces of the ill-fated deal that would have sent both Kevin Garnett and Doc Rivers to the Clippers, but, you know, the NBA has rules about that sort of thing. And since the Clippers and Celtics are now forbidden to make engage in any trades this season
, it's not clear whether the Clippers are still interested in moving Jordan, just as it's unclear if Portland still have interest, as Wojnarowski reports.
Jordan has two years at roughly $11 million a season left on his current deal, which is very reasonable for a starting-caliber center. The question is: What would the Trail Blazers be willing to part with to get him? If they're still interested, that is. One thing to keep in mind: As Jason Quick pointed out back in April
, the Trail Blazers can use their cap space to absorb a contract in a lopsided trade. Quick even mentioned Jordan as the kind of player Portland might consider taking that approach with.