Clippers sound like they’re pulling out of Kyrie Irving trade pursuit
The six teams – Spurs, Clippers, Suns, Timberwolves, Knicks, Heat – that have reportedly proposed trades to the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving are falling by the wayside, one by one.
The Heat denied making an offer. And it sounds as if the Clippers’ offer is leading them out of the chase.
Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Clippers:
Clippers did due diligence and talked to Cleveland about trying to acquire Kyrie Irving, but LA doesn't have assets to get deal done, source— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 28, 2017
Clippers found out Cavs want veteran starter, young player on rookie contract and draft picks, per source. Clippers don't have that.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 28, 2017
Clippers know that 3-team deal for Kyrie Irving won't work either. But at least Clippers made an effort.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) July 28, 2017
The Clippers have DeAndre Jordan, who has made All-NBA teams in the last three years. They also have Patrick Beverley whose dogged defense and quality spot-up 3-point shooting would fit well with LeBron James, and Beverley would be a lower-paid replacement for Irving at point guard. Their only player on a rookie-scale contract is Brice Johnson, who has disappointed. But they can still trade their 2022 and 2024 first-rounders, theoretically one to Cleveland and one to get a rookie-scale player already in the league.
Jordan would be a bad fit in a frontcourt that already includes Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and LeBron. But it seems a three-team trade could work.
Alas, if the Clippers have resigned themselves to not finding a three-team trade, that matters much more than whether one is plausible.