Phoenix is sending a 2018 second-round pick via Memphis to Orlando in the Payton deal, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Jordan had seemed like a natural trade option for multiple reasons.
The Clippers traded Chris Paul in the offseason and Blake Griffin in January. That seemed to symbolize an end of the “Lob City” era. Los Angeles is also presently out of the Western Conference Playoffs and is even further from being a real championship contender.
Additionally, plenty of contending teams can use a player with Jordan’s rim protecting skills. That made him something of a hot commodity. Finally, Jordan’s expiring contract was appealing to teams looking to clear cap space.
Certainly, we wouldn’t think that Jordan will be with the Clippers long term. Barring a seismic shift, that remains highly unlikely.
DeAndre Jordan wasn't dealt. Sources say he could be a sign-and-trade candidate this summer. Or we may see him re-sign and then get dealt during the season (as the Clippers did with Blake Griffin). DJ would get his payday and L.A. would be able to get assets back as they rebuild.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 8, 2018
But for the rest of this season, we should see Jordan remain with the only NBA team he’s ever known.