If the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to acquire center DeAndre Jordanfrom the Los Angeles Clippers, L.A. is reportedly seeking the Brooklyn Nets‘ 2018 first-round draft pick in the deal, according to Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer.
In addition to the pick, Pluto wrote that Cleveland would have to trade bigs Tristan Thompson and Channing Frye to the Clippers in order to make the salaries match.
If this deal goes down, it’s the ultimate indicator it’s now, or never for the Cavaliers. Clearly, the pressure of a LeBron departure is mounting up on the Cavaliers front office, getting Jordan would assert themselves in the paint vs. the Celtics, who stink at rebounding – and eventually the Warriors in a Finals matchup. This trade would prove everyone’s theory that LeBron is all but gone, you don’t trade that pick if he’s staying. But, if he is leaving, I don’t hate this idea for the Cavaliers. Go all in for the title now, because 2 titles in 3 years can outweigh another 5-10 years of complete mediocrity if you beat these Warriors.