NBA Trade Rumors: Clippers Acquire Anthony Davis, Pelicans Get DeAndre Jordan in Latest Trade Scenario
Rumors have emerged that a possible Anthony Davis-DeAndre Jordan swap between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers could happen soon as both teams try to re-tool their current rosters in midseason.
The Pelicans are struggling this season with a 7-12 record to settle at fourth from the last place in the Western Conference standings. Despite incredible performances from Davis, the team began the season with an eight-game losing streak before piling up wins in their recent games.
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New Orleans is still not consistent enough to be considered as a potential playoff team and rumors abound that Davis could ask to be traded before the deadline to get out of his current situation with the Pelicans.
Meanwhile, the Clippers have started the season hot, winning 14 of their first 16 games before losing their last three games. They were on top of the West standings for a while before powerhouse squads Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs eventually overtook them during the past week.
Their recent slide has shown the team's need to improve on the offensive end of the floor, instigating rumors that they need to trade Jordan for a more offensive-oriented center.
HNGN suggested a four-player deal between the Clippers and Pelicans that would result in a swap between Davis and Jordan. The report said that Los Angeles could send Jordan, starting shooting guard JJ Redick, and multiple Sixth Man of the Year winner Jamal Crawford to New Orleans in exchange for their All-NBA First-Team center.
A new Big Three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Davis will definitely put the team into championship contention instantly, which would be a win-win situation for both the Clippers and Davis.
However, any deal involving Davis is highly unlikely at the moment as Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry recently commented that he would not trade his prized center even for LeBron James, according to Larry Brown Sports.
"I wouldn't trade him for anybody, I can tell you that there's not anyone in the league that I would trade him for," Gentry said.
When asked if he would still keep Davis if "presented with the opportunity to get LeBron in return", Gentry replied that he would keep the young center because "he's going to be around for a long time".