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With each Chris Paul and Blake Griffin approaching free company final season, the Los Angeles Clippers thought of a deal to commerce DeAndre Jordan to the Houston Rockets, in keeping with Zach Lowe of ESPN.
As Lowe reported, the potential deal came about previous to final yr’s deadline and would have been for Clint Capela, picks and extra gamers. The transfer “gained semiserious traction” earlier than apparently falling aside.
Though Paul was the one finally traded to the Rockets within the offseason, retaining Jordan ensured the Clippers remained aggressive as an alternative of kicking off a rebuild. The group re-signed Griffin and purchased gamers able to contribute like Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and Danilo Gallinari.
Whereas nonetheless early within the season, Los Angeles is off to a superb begin with a Four-1 file. Jordan is averaging 9.zero factors and an NBA-best 17.Four rebounds per recreation.
From the opposite perspective, Jordan might have made a major affect for Houston down the stretch final season as one of many prime defensive mbadive males within the league. The Rockets misplaced to the San Antonio Spurs within the second spherical, however including a game-changing participant like this might have helped towards not solely the Spurs however the Golden State Warriors as nicely.
Nonetheless, the Rockets seem like in good condition going ahead with a 5-2 file and Capela nonetheless on the roster. The 23-year-old continues to get higher with averages of 13.7 factors and 10.7 rebounds per recreation this yr and a league-best 72.9 p.c field-goal taking pictures.