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Iman Shumpert's contract stopped Cavs from landing DeAndre Jordan

Iman Shumpert's contract stopped Cavs from landing DeAndre Jordan

Jordan, an unrestricted free agent in July, stayed put in Los Angeles at the deadline as the Clippers continue their push for a playoff berth.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' revamped roster reportedly nearly included a trade for big man DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Through two games, at least, the mix of youth and talent that the Cavaliers added at the deadline has infused a once miserable team with hope of at least making a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. Since the trades, the Cavs have registered comfortable victories against the Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder.

According to Wednesday's report, Cleveland general manager Koby Altman had approval from ownership to send a package in exchange for Jordan that included Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Shumpert and the Cavs' 2018 first-round pick. Crowder went to the Utah Jazz and Shumpert to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal that sent Hood and Hill to the Cavs.

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Why DeAndre Jordan trade to the Cavs fell through...

Understandably, Clippers general manager Michael Winger didn't want Shumpert's contract clogging the team's salary sheet.

The reason the Clippers wanted a center from a third team was because they reportedly weren't going to take Shumpert, J.R. Smith or Tristan Thompson in any kind of deal for Jordan. So, when the Clippers zeroed in on a center from a third team that would have sealed the deal, according to Woj, the Cavaliers had a choice to make between Clarkson, Nance, Hood and Hill or a reworked plan that brought back Jordan. Jordan would have given Cleveland a true center to start alongside Kevin Love (once he returns from injury), giving coach Ty Lue a more traditional, big-bodied crunch-time group. The Clippers were willing to accept the trade, but on one significant condition. In the middle of his tenth season, Jordan is no longer viewed as a sound investment for championship contenders. What's more, he had to decide: Were the Cavaliers motivated to extend Jordan's contract at over $100 million?