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DeAndre Jordan
DeAndre Jordan
Position: C
Born: 07/21/88
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:265 lbs. / 120.2 kg.
Salary: $22,642,350
DeAndre Jordan, who can become a free agent after the season, has been coming up in trade conversations, with multiple teams talking potential trades. Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said last month that Jordan will be a “Clipper for life,” muddled matters, as does the limited number of teams who need a center and the size of Jordan’s contract ($22.6 million).
Storyline: DeAndre Jordan Trade?
Aside from Cousins and DeAndre Jordan, two established All-Stars, Nurkić projected as one of 2018’s top free-agent centers. However, if his production or impact waned there were plenty of cheaper comparison points: Plumlee re-signed with Denver for $41 million over three years, Kelly Olynyk inked a four-year, $50 million deal with Miami, and Cody Zeller signed a 4-year, $56 million early extension in Charlotte. “I feel like the Blazers are very happy with Jusuf and Jusuf is very happy there,” Tesch, the agent, told The Crossover by telephone this week. “We had some [extension] talks but we decided to play it out this year and engage in talks again in July. He has already proven that he can help the team. There is a fit for Jusuf in Portland and he’s looking to stay there long-term.”
Storyline: Jusuf Nurkic Extension?
Griffin is not funny in the slapstick way that translates to press conferences or even locker rooms. His humor is dry and observational. During games Clippers center DeAndre Jordan plays off Griffin, and afterward, the opposite. Jordan will jabber for five minutes about his abiding affection for his hometown Houston Astros, to which Griffin will quietly reply, “I’ve literally never heard him talk about the Houston Astros until right now.”
Lob City finally came to a close when Paul, the man responsible for so many of the well-placed alley-oops, bypassed an easy, gargantuan payday and placed it on the back burner to pursue something more meaningful and fulfilling. Paul forced a trade to the Houston Rockets last June, leaving in shambles the most successful six-year run in the Clippers’ less-than-storied history. Griffin and Jordan remain from a team that — for myriad reasons — was never more than a tease, with a legacy almost as empty as the nickname from which they could never escape. “You look at the past five years, what have we really accomplished? I think the reason people were calling for us to break up, or blow it up, or move on, or whatever it was, is because we haven’t accomplished anything,” Griffin told The Vertical. “I think after you’re here for five or six years and everybody is dogging you and going through the misery of losing in the playoffs, four or five years, I think it wears on you.”
The dynamic between Paul, Griffin and Jordan was always dissected but not easy to decipher. Paul was easily the most established player when Lob City was formed, but Griffin and Jordan, who were extremely close, both eventually came into their own. Paul liked Griffin and Jordan personally but their personalities clashed, with the meticulous Paul hating to lose while Griffin and Jordan were cool with winning. Paul has a reputation for being one of the more controlling and demanding leaders in the game, with his detail-oriented approach making it difficult for another style to permeate the locker room. Though the Clippers probably needed Griffin to assume more ownership of the team, especially in bigger moments to relieve Paul of the pressure he felt to lead, he typically just deferred to avoid any conflicts. “I didn’t really look at it on those terms, deferring or not,” Griffin told The Vertical. “I think that’s what CP does best, he controls tempos of games, and controls the flow and all that. Whenever you have a player and that’s one of their main strengths, I’m not going to try to step in and take that away, just out of ego or whatever it is. I don’t look at it as deferring, I look at it as being a teammate and realizing what your role is on a team.”
They could have walked that free-agency path with Paul instead of Griffin; Paul is a more attractive magnet for the Banana Boat generation. They had chances to trade one cornerstone big man for picks and players who would fit with Paul. Teams called regularly about Griffin. The Clippers have explored DeAndre Jordan trades, though perhaps only one proposal — a deal which would have sent Jordan to Houston at last season’s trade deadline for Clint Capela, picks and players — ever gained semiserious traction, league sources say.
3 weeks ago via ESPN