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DeAndre Jordan to head to the Rockets?

A new report says Jordan has told multiple Rockets players his wishes to join Houston throughout the season.


Kahron Spearman


Longtime Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan reportedly wants to play for the Houston Rockets.

 

USA Today's Rockets Wire reported that Jordan "has remained focused on the possibility of playing" in his hometown of Houston, and is frustrated with the Clippers. The report said Jordan, in fact, had told multiple Rockets players his wishes throughout the season.

Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta has stated multiple times that he will match any offer sheet that comes his way for the 23-year-old Capela, but in the unlikely event that Houston lets him walk, Jordan remains a strong contingency plan.

Jordan reportedly communicated with several Houston players after the Rockets and Clippers' notorious locker room squabble following a feisty January game.

 

Regardless of what Jordan wants, there isn't an easily accessible path.

 

Jordan has a $24.1 million player option for 2018-19 that he has to decline. The report denoted a workable sign-and-trade with Clint Capela going to the Clippers. However, that makes little sense because Houston center, at 24 years old, is five years younger with Jordan, with a higher ceiling.

 

The Rockets have already said retaining Capela is a priority, including matching any offer sheet, which could make Jordan's wishes moot to start.

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