Feb 12, 2018; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) dunks the ball past Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Nik Stauskas (2) and Nets small forward James Webb III (0) during the fourth quarter at Barclays Center.  Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers did plenty before last week’s trade deadline. But things were this close to becoming even more interesting. That’s because the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers had a deal in place for DeAndre Jordan. But there would just be one problem. They needed a third time, but couldn’t find one.

Altman had ownership approval to send the Clippers Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the Cavs’ 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. The Clippers were willing to accept the trade, but on one significant condition.

And here it comes.

Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.

So that’s that.

Of course, the Cavaliers would re-shape their roster regardless. They are 2-0 since the new blood came over. But that’s not all; they’ve also won four in a row. So when the deal for Jordan didn’t materialize, they would move on. Altman knew he had a deal with the Lakers in place. But he also knew he had a little more time to get stuff done.

So no, DeAndre Jordan isn’t in Cleveland. It would be quite interesting if that were the case. But that’s business. And right now, LeBron James and the Cavs are probably happy with what they have.

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