How DeAndre Jordan to the Cavs Would Impact the Celtics
A league source believes the Cavs would consider a Jordan-Tristan swap, first rounder would likely be in there too https://t.co/jmXYkhVmfG
— Joe Vardon (@joevardon) November 24, 2017
A big move that doesn’t involve the Celtics is so weird to talk about, but here we are.
Let’s just start this by saying that the Cavs would be DUMB to not make this trade for so many reasons. Tristan Thompson has not been anywhere close to what he used to be in terms of a rebounder since he started dating Khloe Kardashian. That curse is real, it’s concerning.
But other than that, if you know what kind of player DeAndre Jordan is, you know he is exactly what the Cavs have been looking for since LeBron’s return to Cleveland. He is an elite rebounder and rim protector, a skill-set LeBron honestly hasn’t played alongside during his entire career.
He is a major upgrade over Thompson, and would be a scary pairing alongside LeBron, Love, and IT if he comes back to full health.
Also, they do not need that Brooklyn pick. LeBron’s window is so small, they definitley need to flip that asset for somebody if they want to take advantage of it.
So how would this effect the Celtics? Well that’s obvious. Everyone knows there is a rivalry between these two teams. And although it’s still early, they could be on a collision course to meet in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Jordan has been among the top-3 in rebounding since the 2013-14 season, which is unusually consistent. He also currently averages 1.8 blocks per game over the course of his career, and is pretty reliable if you need somebody to just lob it up to on offense. Giving LeBron a player with this level of talent would shift a potential playoff matchup heavily in Cleveland’s favor in my opinion.
We’ll get an idea of how this new-look Celtics team defends Jordan at some point this year, but he hasn’t been nice to them in the past. Baynes, Horford, and Theis could have their work cut out for them with a player like DeAndre Jordan.
Written By: Nick Cherico (@NickCherico2)