Cavs had deal in place for DeAndre Jordan but it eventually collapsed

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The Cleveland Cavaliers' revamped roster reportedly nearly included a trade for big man DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers. The deal would have given the Clippers the Cavs' first round pick, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye and Iman Shumpert. So when the deal for Jordan didn't materialize, they would move on. But the Cavs chose to execute a deal with L.A.'s other team instead, sending Frye, the draft pick and Isaiah Thomas to the Los Angeles Lakers, acquiring Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson in return.

Cleveland management has to be ecstatic with how the new-look Cavs have played in the three games since the National Basketball Association trade deadline. According to Wojnarowski, that's the risk Altman was willing to take.

Winger asked if he could communicate with Shumpert about a potential buyout, but Altman wanted the talks to be more advanced before granting that permission.

With the Clippers reportedly unwilling to take Shumpert, JR Smith or Tristan Thompson in the trade, Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman turned his attention to the L.A. Lakers. Had Altman pulled the plug with the Lakers and made a deal for Jordan, he would not have had Crowder to sell Utah on Hood.

But the sides reached a stalemate on whether to include Iman Shumpert in the final deal, and on Wednesday night, Altman and Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka worked out a trade that would send Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a first-round pick to Los Angeles for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance.

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The Cavaliers put the kibosh on a deal that would have paired DeAndre Jordan with LeBron James.

A proven rebounding machine and rim protector, there's no question how helpful Jordan would be to the Cavs' woes down low. However, Paul's exit a year ago led to the recent Griffin trade, giving the Clippers motivation to hit the reset button.

The Cavs did end up finding a suitor for Shumpert in the Kings.

So yeah, if you thought this Cleveland team was good now, imagine how things could have been if Jordan became a Clipper.

To think, there could be a different world out there in which DeAndre Jordan is on the Cavs, and Wade never makes it back to Miami this season. National Basketball Association insiders don't expect a team to offer Jordan a max contract starting at S$35 million (AU$45 million) per season.

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