By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Clippers made a trade with the Washington Wizards, as they sent guard Austin Rivers to Washington, D.C. In exchange for Rivers, the Clippers received big man Marcin Gortat.
With Gortat, the Clippers are now expected to attempt to move center DeAndre Jordan. In order for Los Angeles to move him, Jordan has to opt-in to his contract, which he has to do by Friday.
Jordan has a $24.1 million option for next season. If he declines the option, it would ruin the Clippers plans, as they would then attempt to deal Jordan.
The 29-year-old, who spurred the Dallas Mavericks several years back with a change of heart to return to the Clippers, has played his entire career in Los Angeles. He was previously a second-round pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the team.
This season, he averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.9 blocks in 77 games for the Clippers.
Despite having a 42-40 record this season, the Clippers are rebuilding. Jordan is their last star player on their team, as he saw Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leave since last summer. Both players were traded by Los Angeles, as Paul went to Houston and Griffin went to Detroit.
In the last decade, Jordan has appeared in 750 games, including 638 starts with the Clippers. In his career, he averaged 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game.
Any trade involving Jordan could happen this summer, or possibly before February’s trade deadline. The Clippers last summer dealt Paul, so it could definitely happen.
If not, the Clippers would then deal Jordan by the February trade deadline, as it would give them several months to work out an agreement should nothing happen this summer.
Gortat, 34, is entering the final year of a five-year, $60 million deal he signed with the Wizards. He is due to make $13.5 million this upcoming season, before becoming a free agent in 2019.
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