Toronto Raptors trying to work their way into DeAndre Jordan trade

Toronto Raptors trying to work their way into DeAndre Jordan trade

Toronto Raptors trying to work their way into DeAndre Jordan trade

To get around having to part with Brooklyn's pick, which was acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly enlisted a third team. This is surprising, as there are only a few hours left until the National Basketball Association trade deadline hits.

One of the biggest storylines heading into deadline day is the potential trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers that would send All-Star center DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland to help LeBron and Co. contend for a title.

Jordan could help Toronto win the Eastern Conference this season if results go their way, especially if you take into account how much the Cavaliers have been struggling. Franchises such as the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and even the Milwaukee Bucks have all shown interest in trading for the 6'11 big man. "Teams that are interested in Jordan are hesitant to acquire him under those circumstances, according to the executives", he continued.

David Aldridge of NBA.com reported something similar, saying that the hiring of an agent suggested Jordan would likely be looking for a new max or near-max contract. As ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks outlined, the cap explosion of 2016 - when teams spent frivolously because of an abundance of new TV money - and the near-flattening of it thereafter, has left very few teams with cap space.

What is the hold up on a Cavs-Jordan trade?

Additionally, plenty of contending teams can use a player with Jordan's rim protecting skills. He's a difference-maker, for sure, but he might not be enough on his own to take a team to contention status.

The Cavs have previously offered their own first round pick as well as Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith, according to USA Today's Sam Amick.

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