DeAndre Jordan was a key member of the Los Angeles Clippers last season; he averaged nearly nine points and seven rebounds per game. His offensive contribution, coupled with his defense, was a huge part of the Clippers’ run to the NBA Playoffs.
However, now that the Clippers have a new head coach, Doc Rivers, should Jordan be made available for trade in order to help make the Clippers a better team in the long run?
No, they should not even consider making Jordan a trade asset. The Clippers would be foolish to trade Jordan for anything less than a proven superstar, and those are hard to come by right now in the NBA.
The Clippers made it to the NBA Playoffs in their first season with Chris Paul on the team and can only do better with Rivers as their new head coach. Jordan’s presence down low was a huge part of that success and to get rid of him would hinder the team’s progress and potential for success.
Head coach Rivers has even compared Paul, Blake Griffin and Jordan with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. That is a bold comparison to make and hints at a head coach trying to instill confidence in his new team, but they are three extremely talented NBA athletes who play well together.
Jordan will be a key member of the Clippers for many years to come. Expect the Clippers to try to work with what they have for a while and succeed this season more than they did last season. The Clippers finally have an opportunity to be the better team in Los Angeles; don’t expect them to fail.