DeAndre Jordan is a top NBA trade target, but he is giving teams pause because it looks like he's about to take a bold gamble

Business Insider | 2/6/2018 | Scott Davis
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DeAndre Jordan is one of the top players on the trade market, but teams are hesitant to deal for him.

According to reports, Jordan is expected to decline a contract option and become a free agent this season, but few teams want to trade for a player who may leave in a few months.

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Jordan may be wise to opt into that deal because early signs suggest few teams will pay him more than he'd make on his contract option.

The NBA trade deadline is on Thursday, and teams appear to have cold feet about pursuing one of the biggest names available.

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Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been the subject of trade rumors all season long, but according to several reports, there is hesitancy about making any big commitment to Jordan.

Jordan has a $24 million player option next season that he seems likely to decline to become a free agent. Though the decision isn't official, Jordan hired an agent this season after going several years without one, a potential sign that he is testing the market.

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ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Portland Trail Blazers, and Washington Wizards have all explored the trade market around Jordan. Lowe reported, however, that there would be more interest league-wide if Jordan signaled he would opt into his deal, but there hasn't been any indication of such.

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.

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However, diving into free agency may be a gamble for Jordan. As ESPN's Brian Windhorst and Bobby Marks outlined, the cap explosion of 2016 — when teams spent frivolously because...
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