Report: Cavs nearly landed Clippers' Jordan
The Cleveland Cavaliers' revamped roster reportedly almost included a trade for big man DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the reason the Cavaliers didn't land Jordan at last week's trade deadline was the Clippers did not want to take on Iman Shumpert's salary in return.
The deal never materialized as the Cavs instead acquired Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood in two significant trades.
According to Wednesday's report, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman had approval from ownership to send a package in exchange for Jordan that included Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Shumpert and the Cavs' 2018 first-round pick.
Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that he did not want another shooting guard, and he hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million contract with draft compensation and have the Clippers get a center back, according to Wojnarowski. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work.
That third team never materialized and the trade talks broke down.
The Cavs' GM met with LeBron James and Altman vowed to make "dramatic changes" to the roster in some fashion, Wojnarowski reported.
Cleveland eventually sent Frye and its first-rounder to the Los Angeles Lakers along with Isaiah Thomas in the Clarkson/Nance deal. Crowder went to the Utah Jazz and Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal that sent Hood and Hill to the Cavs.
--Field Level Media
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