Both DeAndre Jordan and Tyson Chandler are unrestricted free agents this offseason, and while the Los Angeles Clippers want to re-sign Jordan, there’s mutual interest between the Clippers big man and Chandler’s current team, the Dallas Mavericks. Could a swap of Jordan and Chandler be a possibility? ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says the Mavericks have internally discussed that option.
This whole scenario becomes irrelevant if Jordan is perfectly content signing the max deal the Clippers will surely offer. Los Angeles can’t really afford to lose the big man because there’s no viable replacement on the roster, and there’d be no way to acquire that replacement if Jordan goes elsewhere … unless of course a sign-and-trade is agreed upon.
That’s where Chandler comes in. If Jordan wants to go to Dallas (he’s from Texas), a sign-and-trade could be worked out that sends Chandler, who hails from California, to Los Angeles. The Mavericks would reportedly want to dump Raymond Felton as part of this potential swap, but taking on Felton and his $3.95 million salary for next season likely wouldn’t be a huge deal for the Clippers because it would be worth getting that Jordan replacement. (There could be some potential issues with a hard cap depending on Chandler’s new salary and other contracts getting guaranteed)
Chandler is obviously no Jordan and is getting up there in age, but the 32-year-old does many of the things Jordan does well, just not at as high a level anymore. It wouldn’t be an ideal scenario since the ideal scenario involves retaining Jordan, but this backup plan wouldn’t be a disaster like losing Jordan for nothing would be.