Last Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline was probably the best of the decade. But things were this close to becoming even more interesting.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' revamped roster reportedly nearly included a trade for big man DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. What's more, there was significant progress: Altman had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs' 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a centre back.
Understandably, Clippers general manager Michael Winger didn't want Shumpert's contract clogging the team's salary sheet. So, when the Clippers zeroed in on a center from a third team that would have sealed the deal, according to Woj, the Cavaliers had a choice to make between Clarkson, Nance, Hood and Hill or a reworked plan that brought back Jordan.
Winger asked if he could communicate with Shumpert about a potential buyout, but Altman wanted the talks to be more advanced before granting that permission. They are 2-0 since the new blood came over.
The fear is that a temporary boost devolves into the same defensive and chemistry problems that plagued them for four months, the Celtics and/or Toronto Raptors upend them earlier than expected, and James becomes convinced that a divorce with the Cavaliers in free agency is for the best, after all. Altman knew he had a deal with the Lakers in place.
For all their National Basketball Association trade deadline maneuverings, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't able to land DeAndre Jordan.
Why DeAndre Jordan trade to the Cavs fell through... At the time, the Clippers were viewed as a legitimate contender for the National Basketball Association title, boasting of a Big 3 which also featured point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin. It would be quite interesting if that were the case.
The Cavs' GM met with LeBron James and Altman vowed to make "dramatic changes" to the roster in some fashion, Wojnarowski reported.