The Portland Trail Blazers have engaged in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers revolving around big man DeAndre Jordan, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Broderick Turner.
Jordan, who is readily available on the trade market, has been linked to a number of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers (who isn’t?) and most of the contending teams in both the East and the West, but Portland is an under-the-radar suitor.
Turner’s report indicated that the Clippers are looking for “a first-round draft pick, financial flexibility and young players” in return for Jordan, similar to how the Blake Griffin/Pistons trade went down last week.
Jordan is averaging 11.6 points, 14.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, in what is arguably his best season in his career and adding him to a Portland team that already boasts the likes of Damian Lillard, the up-and-coming Jusuf Nurkic, and the productive CJ McCollum, could vault the Blazers among the Western Conference elite.
Portland is currently sixth in the conference with a 29-23 record as of this writing.
Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell Discusses Altercation with Wolves’ Derrick Rose
When it comes to anyone messing with his teammates, Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell isn’t playing around, and he wasn’t going to stand for Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose approaching Milos Teodosic after some chippy play during Monday night’s game.
“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll said, according to ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.
“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”
Harell finished with 13 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and three steals in the victory over Minnesota.
Clippers Trade Wesley Johnson to Pelicans for Alexis Ajinca
In corresponding moves, the Clippers will waive Ajinca and guard Juwan Evans in order to ensure that they are at 15 player roster limit for opening night later this week, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Los Angeles will save $849K by swapping out Wesley Johnson for Alexis Ajinca and are now $3.9M below the luxury tax.
Clippers’ Tobias Harris Explains Why He Turned Down Contract Extension
Los Angeles Clippers forward Tobias Harris turned down a contract extension offer from the team over the summer, one that was a four-year, $80 million contract offer, willing to bet on himself in free agency next summer.
“For myself and my representation, we looked at it. We did really process it to make that decision,” Harris said, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic. “At the end of the day, it is $80 million. But for me, it’s more of going out and earning what my value is. It has nothing to do with me figuring out what the Clippers are doing or things like that.”
“No, I love the whole organization. I love the team. I hope this relationship that we have is long-lasting. But it’s more of just on myself as a player, just pushing myself to see where I’m at at the end of the year. And we’ll go from there. That’s where it was. Both sides, we talked about it and both sides had really good dialogue on that. So it wasn’t nothing. We really were thankful that offer was there.”
Harris is likely seeking a max contract offer from the Clippers, or a more lucrative offer elsewhere next summer, and will have this upcoming season to make his case that he is worth every penny of such a lucrative offer.
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