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Report: Cavs had deal in place for DeAndre Jordan but it eventually collapsed

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With their season getting worse with each game, the Cleveland Cavaliers decided that a change was needed to save their campaign and decided to overhaul their roster on a frantic trade deadline day.

They offloaded Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye to the Los Angeles Lakers, Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Utah Jazz, Iman Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings and Dwyane Wade to the Miami Heat.

In return, they acquired George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood.

The Cavaliers were in discussions with the Kings to secure a trade for George Hill for a number of weeks so that deal didn't come as a huge surprise.

But their captures of Clarkson, Hood, and Nance seemed to come out of the blue.

According to reports, they may not all have taken place if Cleveland had gone through with another proposed trade.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs had a deal in place to acquire center DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers.

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It would have sent Crowder, Frye, Shumpert and Cleveland's 2018 first-round draft pick to L.A. for Jordan.

This was approved by the team's ownership and looked to be all but concluded between the two parties.

However, the deal hit a stumbling block as the Clippers wanted to get a third team involved to take on Shumpert and a draft pick in exchange for a center as part of the swap.

The Clips were reportedly unwilling to take Shumpert, Tristan Thompson or J.R. Smith in any potential deal which led Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman to turn his attention to the Lakers.

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He eventually managed to negotiate a deal which sent Thomas, Frye and their 2018 first-round pick to the Lakers for Clarkson and Nance.

It is believed that the Ohio-based franchise had several deals lined up prior to the deadline and were determined to secure at least one to improve their roster.

In the end, despite all the trade rumours surrounding Jordan, the Clippers decided to keep the big man.

The All-Star can become a free agent in the summer and is likely to opt-out to seek a long-term deal.

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After offloading Blake Griffin, there was a growing belief that they wanted to ship DJ too but they seem content with keeping him for the rest of the year and potentially losing him for nothing.

On the court, the 29-year-old is enjoying another fine season and capped it off with a career night against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Jordan posted a career-high 30 points along with 13 rebounds in a 129-119 win at TD Garden.

With Griffin and Chris Paul departing, he's getting more of a chance to show what he can do offensively and performances like this will see him receive strong interest in free agency this summer.

Topics:
DeAndre Jordan
L.A. Clippers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference

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