DeAndre Jordan from the LA Clippers has reportedly shown interest in coming back to his hometown in the off-season. According to Stephen A Smith from ESPN’s First Take, Jordan has been showing more of an interest in the Rockets instead of the Cavaliers as reported a few weeks back. DeAndre is a trade target due to his expiring contract and his dominance as a center. The Clippers are currently in a “rebuilding” stage after losing Chris Paul over the off-season and have money tied up to Jordan and Griffin in the form of max deals for both. Currently, the Clippers want to free up as much money and build around newly signed star Blake Griffin and get the assets around him to succeed.
This means DeAndre is open to the trade market by the team, and Jordan has also shown signs of being ready to leave if he was traded. Currently, the Rockets do not have very many assets to complete this trade very quickly unless a 3rd team was involved. We know the Cavaliers are currently trying to pry away Jordan from the Clippers too, so the Rockets may have a bidding war for the center. Currently, Capela is everything they need, and still has room to grow into a better player. Capela is currently only 23 years old and has improved in every category every year. It almost makes no sense for the Rockets to trade away Capela, or tie up all of their available money to Jordan while Capela hits the Restricted Free Agency market this off-season. Unless Jordan is willing to take a pay cut to join his hometown team, it almost seems unlikely for the Rockets to truly try to acquire Jordan. The assets they would lose to get him and the money that would be tied up to him as well would not be a great decision for the team as they will try to acquire LeBron James in the off-season.
The Rockets currently don’t need another center on their roster, but Jordan would definitely be an immediate upgrade. With the Rockets plan for the off-season, I wouldn’t see them making the trade.
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