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The NBA trade deadline is always one of the most exciting and hectic times of the season. While this year's deadline will be largely focused on whether the New Orleans Pelicans trade Anthony Davis or not, there are several other players and teams to watch.

For instance, last week, Kristaps Porzingis, the former face of the New York Knicks franchise, was suddenly dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade.

But one of the players on the other side of the trade may interest the Wizards, according to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.

"One name to watch is DeAndre Jordan," Haberstroh said. "He just went to the Knicks and he might be bought out before the trade deadline. You have to wonder, would the Wizards be interested in him?"

Jordan, who spent the first decade of his NBA career as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, could be a part of his third different team of the season in just a few days, should he be bought out and sign elsewhere. Jordan is averaging 11.0 points and 13.7 rebounds on the season.

While the Wizards may show some interest in the 11-year veteran, there is another team in the East that could have interest in Jordan, according to Haberstroh.

"Maybe the Charlotte Hornets, who are above the Wizards in the standings, maybe they look at DeAndre Jordan as their center this season," he said. "That would make it a lot more difficult for the Wizards to move up into the playoffs."

 

The Wizards have already made two trades this season, both coming within two weeks of each other. They acquired Sam Dekker on Dec. 7 in  a five-player, three-team deal, with Jason Smith heading to Milwaukee and a 2022 second-round pick to Cleveland. On Dec. 17, Washington traded Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre, Jr. to the Phoenix Suns for Trevor Ariza.

The Wizards have had plenty of roster turnover throughout this season, but Haberstroh doesn't expect them to make any more significant moves before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

"At this point, I think it's going to be a quiet deadline for the Washington Wizards," he said.

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