There’s no way that Los Angeles is fortunate enough to get a guard in a DeAndre Jordan deal with the Washington Wizards, so in this scenario, they stay big and get Markieff Morris and Ian Mahinmi out of it. Mahinmi isn’t the greatest big man that the Clippers could get in return, but when it comes to making a deal with Washington, he makes the most financial sense.
Then, adding Markieff Morris into the mix, the Clippers end up with a physical power forward that could also serve as a potential replacement for Blake Griffin down the road. Mahinmi’s $16 million contract is a good enough reason for the Wizards to put more money where their mouth is and go all in on DeAndre Jordan.
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This trade is more about what they can get to prepare for a Blake Griffin deal in the near future more than what they’re getting for DeAndre Jordan, realistically. Mahinmi is averaging just 3.2 points per game to go with 3.7 rebounds per contest, which don’t add up in comparison to what Jordan can do.
But this move shows maturity in Los Angeles, and also their willingness to bite the bullet and prepare to move forward in a way that’s best for themselves in the long run. Morris’ contract is worth a decent chunk of change at $8 million, but the Clippers would be more worried about how they will be affected by not doing something rather than what the money is behind the move.
Getting DeAndre Jordan out of Los Angeles is the only way for the Clippers to stop the bleeding. Adding Morris and Mahinmi wouldn’t be terrible, and it would definitely give the team more room to work and figure out the long term solution to their situation.
The move would make the Wizards even more of a potential test to the Cleveland Cavaliers should they square off in the playoffs. it seemed like Washington had everybody’s numbers in the Eastern Conference a year ago, but they just weren’t able to follow through in the post-season to their potential.
Getting DeAndre Jordan gets them over that hump.