DeAndre Jordan has been one of the more popular names spoken of this summer as the Los Angeles Clippers were attempting to pry Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from the Boston Celtics.
And instead of recoiling in the face of the rumors, Jordan spoke to those at Real GM about how he turned what most think are negative into a positive thing:
In Jordan’s mind, interest from other NBA teams meant he was desired in a way perhaps the Clippers didn’t feel at times this offseason. As the Clippers pursued Kevin Garnett, Jordan was ready to move on if they pulled off a deal – and he took all the supposed interest as respect out of franchises.
“If I go, that just means that, honestly, somebody else wants you,” Jordan told RealGM on Tuesday. “As long as someone else is interested, and you’re wanted, you can’t feel negative. I never listened to the s— on the news or the radio. I just wanted to get better and be ready for the season. Whatever jersey I had on, I really didn’t care to be honest with you.
“And if I got traded, then s—, so what? I’m still going to be in the NBA. I’m still going to be playing the game that I love, just for a different team.”
via DeAndre Jordan Took Trade Scenarios As Sign Of Respect | Real GM
After only being in the league for five years, DeAndre Jordan reacted in the way most veterans approach trade rumors. And he’s right. At the age of 25, he won’t phase out of the NBA as he has the upside if given the proper backing by a coach.
He currently has that. Doc Rivers is the coach that’ll give Jordan the proper time to grow and develop as a player unlike Vinny Del Negro who held to 24 minutes per game last season. It was warranted as defenses often relied on the “hack-a-DeAndre method” (DeAndre was a 38 percent free-throw shooter last season) to disrupt the Clippers offense and the defense improved while Jordan was on the bench (defensive rating jumped from 104.1 to 97.8 when Jordan left the floor.
And though the rumors have ceased as Rivers will attempt to make him the defensive center that Clippers need to make the jump from second round team to NBA Finals, the trade rumors may come back if the fit isn’t perfect as his soon-to-be expiring contract and upside will draw suitors around the league.
Jordan’s motivated. You can tell by his quotes, time at Team USA training camp and it may have started by these Jordan to Boston talks. We’ll see if the talk translates to on the court play though