By trading Spencer Hawes in a package with Matt Barnes to the Hornets for Lance Stephenson, Clippers President of Basketball Operations and coach Doc Rivers is confident DeAndre Jordan will return to the team, Arash Markazi of ESPNLosAngeles.com tweets.
The Clippers will offer Jordan, who comes in eighth in the latest Hoops Rumors Free Agent Power Rankings, a max deal, as Rivers has made clear. Rivers nonetheless expressed concern last month about the possibility that he’d walk to another team this summer, so it appears his faith in Jordan’s return has grown. The Mavs have appeared to be a serious threat since late April. Rivers previously expressed concern over whether or not the team would re-sign Jordan.
Hawes was the team’s insurance if Jordan leaves. The Clippers lost confidence in Hawes, who averaged 5.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in the 2014/15 season, Markazi also tweets.