Apparently, DJ wants to be reunited with Chris Paul
One thing is certain for now: DeAndre Jordan won't be finishing his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. In fact, he might be even playing for another team after the trade deadline.
Why? His name has been included in a great number of trade rumor over the course of the last few months and given the fact that the Clippers aren't winning the number of games they should be winning even after the departure of Chris Paul, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the Clippers are growing frustrated and among those who are clearly frustrated is none other than DeAndre Jordan himself.
And now, the man of the hour has already stated what he wanted to happen- that if you will understand Stephen A. Smith of ESPN.
Apparently, DeAndre Jordan would welcome any trade that would send him to the Houston Rockets that would reunite him with Chris Paul- someone who provided a big amount of success to the Clippers during their stint together which were highlighted by multiple playoff appearances and non-stop alley-oop plays that ignited the crowd whether they were playing at Staples Center or on the road.
Who should the Rockets send in exchange for DeAndre Jordan?
To begin with, DeAndre Jordan could make the Rockets a lot better especially on the defensive end of the game as he is the 2nd-best rebounder in the league right now, averaging 14 rebounds per game while his ability to penetrate the shaded area should benefit the Rockets as he's shooting 66.1% from the field- the second-best in the league just behind the Rockets' Clint Capela.
Ideally, a one-on-one swap would be the best way to handle this one. However, ESPN's NBA Trade Machine has said that a straight swap between DeAndre Jordan and Clint Capela wouldn't work because of the luxury tax and cap space issues. And so would Eric Gordon.
So who's the best guy the Rockets could offer?
A DeAndre Jordan-Ryan Anderson swap would benefit the Rockets because according to the Trade Machine, the Rockets would have added 5 wins to their projected number of wins by the end of the current season. On the other hand, a guy like Ryan Anderson could provide a stretched player who could play both 3 and 4 spots and can shoot threes.
Remember those alley-oop plays ran by Chris Paul to DeAndre Jordan? Those are amazing to watch, right? We might be able to see them again. The only question is: will the teams pull the trigger on this deal?