Report: Clippers considered trading DeAndre Jordan to Rockets last season

It was clear that something just wasn’t working with the Los Angeles Clippers‘ big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.

The trio of All-Stars produced plenty of regular season wins and successfully transformed the franchise from a perennial NBA laughing stock to a legitimate title contender year-in and year-out. But for one reason or another the group was never able to make it to the Western Conference Finals.

As a result, the team traded Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets early this past offseason and signed Griffin to a long-term deal, ushering in a new era of Clipper basketball. However, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the team flirted with breaking up the core as early as last season’s trade deadline. Here’s Lowe:

“[The Clippers] had chances to trade one cornerstone big man for picks and players who would fit with Paul. Teams called regularly about Griffin. The Clippers have explored DeAndre Jordan trades, though perhaps only one proposal — a deal which would have sent Jordan to Houston at last season’s trade deadline for Clint Capela, picks and players — ever gained semiserious traction, league sources say.”

“Semiserious traction” is far from a potential deal, but it’s a bit surprising to see that the Clippers would think about getting rid of Jordan instead

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