Cavs Were Not Motivated To Extend DeAndre Jordan If Acquired

Report: Cavs Were Not Motivated To Extend DeAndre Jordan If Acquired

Report: Cavs Were Not Motivated To Extend DeAndre Jordan If Acquired

Through two games, at least, the mix of youth and talent that the Cavaliers added at the deadline has infused a once miserable team with hope of at least making a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance.

Koby Altman received permission from Dan Gilbert for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland's 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for DeAndre Jordan. The Clippers, meanwhile, held onto Jordan.

The trade reportedly hit a snag, however, when the Clippers wanted to get a third team involved to take Shumpert and a draft pick in exchange for a center as part of the swap. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work.

The Cavs dominated the Boston Celtics, 121-99, on Sunday, and followed it up with a 120-112 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. For now, Altman is taking a deserved bow.

Early returns on Cleveland's decisions are positive, as it has won four consecutive games, including three in a row since the deals were made.

The Cavs' GM met with LeBron James and Altman vowed to make "dramatic changes" to the roster in some fashion, Wojnarowski reported.

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That third team never materialized and the trade talks broke down.

As it turned out, the Cavs consummated their deal with the Lakers, then worked out a three-way trade with Utah and Sacramento that netted them George Hill and Rodney Hood. Frye's expiring contract and Cleveland's first-rounder brought back Clarkson and Nance from the Lakers.

For all their National Basketball Association trade deadline maneuverings, the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't able to land DeAndre Jordan. Altman knew he had a deal with the Lakers in place.

A starting lineup with James, Jordan, Hill, J.R. Smith and (eventually) Kevin Love sounds formidable.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' revamped roster reportedly nearly included a trade for big man DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. What's more, he had to decide: Were the Cavaliers motivated to extend Jordan's contract at over $100 million? According to Wojnarowski, that's the risk Altman was willing to take.

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