Deandre Jordan has epitomized durability throughout his 10-year career as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, but will miss his first career game on Saturday against the Sacramento Kings due to a left ankle sprain.
Despite the sprain not being considered serious, Jordan will sit out most likely because he is the center of trade talks with teams like the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. He is likely to be moved prior to the February 8th trade deadline, and the Clippers don’t want any complications to arise from him worsening his injury and trade value.
The 6’11 center suffered the injury during Thursday’s win against the Kings in classic Clipper-fashion, landing awkwardly after throwing down a monstrous dunk. This is the same team who once saw power forward Blake Griffin break his hand punching a team employee.
Jordan joins teammates Griffin, Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and others who have missed time this season with injuries.