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Report: Clippers do not trade DeAndre Jordan at trade deadline

Caption: Mar 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after a dunk over Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Many big name players were moved at the NBA Trade Deadline. One at least mildly surprising player who stayed put, though, is Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan.

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.

But for the rest of this season, we should see Jordan remain with the only NBA team he’s ever known.