The Los Angeles Clippers can influence the other side of the potential third and sixth seed playoff match up in the Eastern Conference by making a deal with the Toronto Raptors. They should be consider the Clippers of their conference, as an aside, but that’s besides the point.
Toronto is the third best team in the East right now, behind only Cleveland and Boston. Trading for DeAndre Jordan would potentially give them one more push with Kyle Lowry — who’s only getting older — and DeMar DeRozan, who chose to stay loyal to the Raptors instead of exploring other options when he was a free agent not long ago.
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What a deal would like with these two teams is interesting. It’s more straight forward involving Jonas Valanciunas and DeAndre Jordan, while also giving Los Angeles depth with Jakob Poetl in the mix as another big and then the addition of former Wichita State guard Fred VanVleet.
It would answer the Clippers needs at the guard position, while also giving them a sizable replacement to Jordan along with a dependable reserve. The Raptors can afford to give away two centers because they’ll still have Lucas Nogueira to back up Jordan if this deal were to go through.
This is also because of financial necessity, like the potential trade between LA and Milwaukee hinges on. If you think about what the Raptors are trying to do, Jordan puts them in a place where they can run in the playoffs sooner than later.
And given their situations with both Lowry and DeRozan, the sooner the better.