But according to a long and thorough report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday, the overhaul was almost even more drastic. Altman knew he had a deal with the Lakers in place.
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.
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According to the astute reporter, the Cavs were so close to a deal with the Clippers on deadline day that Kobe Altman, the Cavs GM, had ownership approval for a monster trade to go down. However, Paul's exit previous year led to the recent Griffin trade, giving the Clippers motivation to hit the reset button.
The Clippers were willing to accept that package, per Wojnarowski, but there was one hang-up: They didn't want another shooting guard and sought a third team to take on Shumpert's contract and send them a Jordan replacement at center. They also had the framework of a deal to send Jordan to Cleveland. So, when the Clippers zeroed in on a center from a third team that would have sealed the deal, according to Woj, the Cavaliers had a choice to make between Clarkson, Nance, Hood and Hill or a reworked plan that brought back Jordan. That agreement ultimately scuttled talks with the Clippers about Jordan. The deal was nixed when the Clippers wanted to get a third team involved to take Shumpert and a pick for another center in return.
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The Cavaliers put the kibosh on a deal that would have paired DeAndre Jordan with LeBron James. 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. The answer to both questions was no, and that's why Altman turned his attention back to selling the Jazz on a $1.1 million payment to the Kings.
Crowder and Shumpert went to the Jazz and Kings, respectively, in the three-team deal that landed Hood and Hill. The Clippers, meanwhile, held onto Jordan. At the time, the Clippers were viewed as a legitimate contender for the National Basketball Association title, boasting of a Big 3 which also featured point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin.
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