During the NBA Trade Deadline where teams were very active, the Los Angeles Clippers sat back and did not make a move.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers all inquired about Jordan. The Clippers failed to find a trade partner according to ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski. He will remain with the Clippers for the rest of the season.
“The market for Jordan has really been depressed,” Wojnarowski said Thursday during an ESPN interview. “There is not a great deal of interest in trading for him and then signing to a $100 million-plus extension.”
Wojnarowski continued during his interview as he said the Clippers would rather not take long-term money for maybe a first-round pick for Jordan and will just let expire off their cap.
This season, Jordan has averaged 11.5 points and is second in the NBA with 14.9 rebounds. Jordan, 29, has a player option after this season. By opting in, he would make $24 million next season.
Lou Williams and Avery Bradley were also candidates to be moved during the trade deadline. Williams signed a three-year, $24 million extension to stay with the Clippers on Wednesday while nothing for Bradley came about.
“It was nice for the organization to commit to me the same way I’ve committed to these guys this year,” Williams said to reporters after signing his extension.”
While staying put at the trade deadline, the Clippers are in position to make a playoff push. They are currently ninth in the Western Conference at 27-25, but only a 1/2 game behind the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans.