The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly discussing trade scenarios with multiple teams regarding All-Star center DeAndre Jordan, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.
Jordan is currently in the final year of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. After re-signing Blake Griffin to five-year contract extension this past offseason, the team could look to move on from Jordan and continue to build around Griffin. If they know it’ll become difficult to re-sign Jordan next summer, it would be better to trade Jordan now in order to obtain assets in return for him rather than lose him for nothing.
The Clippers have yet to be able to make a deep playoff run with Griffin, Jordan and Chris Paul on the roster in recent years. If the team senses that they have gone as far as the current roster will take them, it could be time to start over and build around Griffin with Paul out of the picture and Jordan in the final year of his contract.
After beginning the season 4-0, the Clippers have gone just 1-11 since then and have lost nine consecutive games. With the team clearly struggling, it could be time for the front office to make some changes and begin planning for the future. Of course, it’s still early in the season and things could turn around, but it might be better to begin shopping players while they can.