The Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly considering breaking their “Big 3” after failing to contend for the title in the 2016-17 NBA season. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Clippers started entertaining trade offers for All-Star center DeAndre Jordan while waiting for the free agency decisions of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
The arrival of the “Big 3” in Los Angeles made the Clippers one of the best teams in the league. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan teamed up with the goal of winning their first NBA championship title. Unfortunately, as of now, their only greatest achievement was reaching the Western Conference Semifinals.
Should the LA Clippers break their “Big 3”?
After the Clippers suffered an early exit in the NBA Finals 2017, rumors started to circulate about their plan to break their core. Paul and Griffin will become free agents this summer and expected to demand maximum contracts. Though the Clippers expressed their intention to re-sign the two superstars, it would not be practical for them to enter the 2017-18 NBA season with the same roster.
The outcome of the 2016-17 NBA season showed that the Clippers need to add at least one superstar to beat the Golden State Warriors. Even the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, don’t stand a chance against the Warriors’ superteam. However, if Paul or Griffin decides to leave, the Clippers may consider a full-scale rebuild.
Both superstars are expected to receive plenty of interest in the upcoming free agency. The San Antonio Spurs emerged as the top suitor for CP3. The Oklahoma City Thunder are thinking of pairing Blake Griffin with Russell Westbrook next season.
Clippers make DeAndre Jordan available on the trade market
If Paul and Griffin join another team, there is no reason for the Clippers to keep DeAndre Jordan anymore. Jordan will earn $22 million next season and can opt out in the 2018-19 season to become an unrestricted free agent. According to Chris Haynes of ESPN, the Clippers have gauged the market on potentially trading the 28-year-old center.
The Clippers engaged in trade talks with few NBA teams, including the Phoenix Suns. Los Angeles reportedly offered Jordan to the Suns for Tyson Chandler and the No. 4 pick int he 2017 NBA draft. However, the deal failed to materialize as the Suns aren’t interested in acquiring Jordan. Trade rumors surrounding the All-Star center could intensify in the draft night.