The Lakers deal was the one that sent Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and the Cavaliers' 2018 first-round pick for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Cavaliers and the Clippers nearly had a deal that would have sent DJ to Cleveland.
Cleveland management has to be ecstatic with how the new-look Cavs have played in the three games since the National Basketball Association trade deadline.
The season of wheeling and dealing may be over, but that doesn't mean beloved ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski is done supplying fans with some "Woj bombs".
"Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to (Koby) Altman that LA didn't want another shooting guard (Iman Shumpert)".
In the end, despite all the trade rumours surrounding Jordan, the Clippers made a decision to keep the big man. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert's agent on a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.
Clippers president Lawrence Frank, Winger and Altman had talked for weeks on a trade, but they got nowhere.
Altman and the Cavs wanted to make trades that would give them players that will be under contract beyond this season, and they were unwilling to offer Jordan an extension-likely more than $100 million-that would entice the 29-year-old to stay in Cleveland for multiple years.
As that conversation was on hold, the Cavs laid the groundwork for the deals with the Lakers, Jazz and Kings that included all of the pieces that would have secured Jordan.
So yeah, if you thought this Cleveland team was good now, imagine how things could have been if Jordan became a Clipper.
DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers reacts during the game against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on November 22, 2017 in Atlanta.
It also left the Clippers with a big question: What do they do about Jordan this summer when he hits free agency? National Basketball Association insiders don't expect a team to offer Jordan a max contract starting at S$35 million (AU$45 million) per season.