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.
Sixers Acquire Tobias Harris, Plan to Re-Sign Him and Jimmy Butler
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers will send Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott to the Sixers for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala, a 2020 first-rounder, a 2021 unprotected 1st rounder via the Miami Heat, and two second rounders.
Harris is pouring in a career year, posting 20.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a game this season, All-Star caliber numbers.
Wojnarowski goes on to report that this won’t be a rental for the 76ers, as they fully intend to keep both Harris and Jimmy Butler a part of their core moving forward.
The Sixers are budgeting to re-sign and keep a new Big 4, including free agents Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler this summer, league sources tell ESPN. Philadelphia has long-term plans for Harris, Butler, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons together.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 6, 2019
Mark Jackson Believes Clippers Should Retire Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Jerseys
ESPN TV analyst Mark Jackson strongly believes that the Los Angeles Clippers need to honor former players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan by retiring their jerseys when their respective careers come to the end.
Mark Jackson wants the Clippers to retire the jerseys of Blake Griffin, DeAandre Jordan, & Chris Paul… A troika who played 6 years together & never got past the 2nd round.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) January 10, 2019
Clippers’ Danilo Gallinari Hoping Milos Teodosic Stays with Team
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari is hoping that the team will be able to keep his teammate, guard Milos Tedosic, long-term and is hoping Tedosic decides to stay.
“Milos has been playing more minutes lately and he has played very well for us every time he has played,” Gallinari said, according to EuroHoops.
“We can use him more and more, so I’m hopeful that he will stay with us. He’s a great guy and we have a very good relationship. So, hopefully, he can stay with us for the whole season.”
Tedosic has expressed an interest in returning to Europe, which has placed a cloud of uncertainty over his future with the Clippers, and in the NBA.
“I think I definitely won’t stay here because… I came, I saw how it looks and somehow… I enjoy more and it’s nicer for me to play in Europe. So, I will return to Europe for sure, will it be during this season or at the end, we’ll see.” Teodosic said, during an interview with Glas Amerike.
Despite Gallinari’s plea, it may not be in the cards for either party to continue their relationship as Teodosic has fallen out of the rotation.
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