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Amid trade rumors, Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan hires agent

Los Angeles Clippers Media Day

PLAYA VISTA, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: DeAndre Jordan #6 of the Los Angeles Clippers poses for a photo during media day at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Center on September 25, 2017 in Playa Vista, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images)

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DeAndre Jordan trade rumors are heating up.

One problem: Jordan hadn’t had an agent since 2015, when he fired Dan Fegan in the aftermath of Jordan reneging on the Mavericks. That makes it particularly difficult for the Clippers’ potential trade partners to gauge what Jordan will do both with his $24,119,025 player option for next season and beyond.

But that hang-up is no more.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Jordan, 29, has signed with Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, sources said

This will only intensify speculation about Jordan landing in Milwaukee, where Schwartz has close ties with Bucks coach Jason Kidd. Really, it opens the door for every team to get backchannel information.

The Clippers are in rough shape, out of playoff position and without Blake Griffin and Patrick Beverley. Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic are doing minor-league rehab assignments, but their returns might not be enough. The Clippers might be better off trading Jordan and building for the future.

Now, other teams can glean more information about whether trading for Jordan to help them now is worthwhile.