Kyler’s Latest: Jordan, Kings, Mirotic, Whiteside

The streaky Clippers, who lost nine straight games back in November, have now won a season-high six consecutive contests, re-inserting themselves in the playoff picture in the Western Conference. Even though DeAndre Jordan has been sidelined with an ankle injury for the Clips’ last three wins, the streak seems to bode well for his chances of sticking in Los Angeles through the trade deadline.

As Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders writes, Clippers ownership and management doesn’t seem at all eager to blow up the roster. For now, the club is focused on seeing if it’s capable of competing in the West, preferring to wait until a bit closer to the deadline to evaluate all of its options.

If the Clippers do change course by February 8, the Bucks and Rockets figure to be among the teams with interest in Jordan, whose contract situation is worth monitoring. According to Kyler, there’s a belief that the veteran center won’t be able to top his $24.12MM player option as a free agent, meaning it’s possible he could decide to opt in for 2018/19. That possibility may affect how the Clippers and potential trade partners view Jordan at the deadline.

Here’s more from Kyler:

  • The Kings‘ veteran players are all potential trade candidates at the deadline, though some are more likely to be moved than others. George Hill, for example, won’t have much value, given his contract situation, his injury history, and his underwhelming play this season. Sources close to the situation tell Kyler that Sacramento seems to be trying to help its veterans find better situations as those players fall out of the team’s regular rotation.
  • Kyler hears that Nikola Mirotic‘s camp is pushing for the Bulls to pick up the forward’s $12.5MM team option for 2018/19. Until that team option is exercised, Mirotic has the ability to block a trade, giving him some leverage if Chicago wants to complete a deal. League sources tell Kyler that the Bulls have “gotten pretty far down the road” in talks with the Jazz and Pistons about Mirotic.
  • There’s “growing talk” around the NBA that the Heat would be open to the idea of moving Hassan Whiteside for the right mix of contracts and young players, Kyler writes. The Bucks and Cavaliers, both on the lookout for a center, would be obvious suitors, but it would tough for either team to make a deal, given Whiteside’s large cap hit ($23.78MM). John Henson, Mirza Teletovic, Tristan Thompson, and Iman Shumpert are among the players whose contracts might have to be included for Milwaukee or Cleveland to make a deal work, which doesn’t sound overly appealing for Miami.
  • The Mavericks are “dangling” some expiring contracts and appear to be seeking a promising prospect on a rookie scale deal, along with future picks, says Kyler. Dallas also has cap flexibility to take on a contract or two.
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6 thoughts on “Kyler’s Latest: Jordan, Kings, Mirotic, Whiteside

  1. brewcrew08

    If the bucks add Whiteside or Jordan they are a top 3 team in the east and could really challenge Boston or Cleveland

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    • DVail1979

      You seem to forget that neither the Clips or Heat are giving those centers away … one would have to imagine it’d have to hurt Milwaukee in some large way to acquire either

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      • Z-A

        Bucks do not have a 1st round pick in 2018. Who are you trading though…? Parker is your biggest trade chip, b/c Freak is off-limits. And he hasn’t played at all this season, is seeking a Max Contract Extension AND he plays PF – which is occupied by Blake Griffin. You’re looking at a 3-player or 3-team deal, b/c the money doesn’t work out particularly well without Parker.

        For Whiteside… the Heat like James Johnson, he’s not the offensive stud that Parker is when he’s healthy… but still another 3 player deal – Henson + Parker doesn’t make the money work, easier than a DJ trade though, they can add Brown at 800k.

        Neither looks like a good offer from the Heat or Clippers side.

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  2. Phattey

    For the love of god I hope they somehow include Henson in a deal dude is a bum I would rather have lavar ball boy has too much untapped potential

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