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The Cavaliers Reportedly Backed Off A Deal For DeAndre Jordan At The Trade Deadline

A general view of the Cleveland Cavaliers home court.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 7: A general view of Quicken Loans Arena during the first quarter of Game 4 of the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors at on May 7, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

DeAndre Jordan nearly came to Cleveland after all.

No one was more active at last week's trading deadline than the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs completely revamped their roster.

It seems to have worked, as the team is on a winning streak. A season headed down the tubes is back on track in Believeland.

All in all, Cleveland shipped off Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, Iman Shumpert, Jae Crowder, Channing Frye and Derrick Rose and got back Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., George Hill and Rodney Hood. Not a bad exchange.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, things could have taken a different turn for the Cavs. Cleveland was close to pulling the trigger on a deal for Los Angeles Clippers big man DeAndre Jordan.

Per Woj, who broke down the Cavaliers' busy deadline here, the deal would have been Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round pick to L.A. for Jordan. That's a blockbuster, but apparently fell through for a couple of reasons.

First and foremost, the Clippers didn't want Shumpert, so they asked for a third team to get involved in the trade:

Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn't want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert's agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.

Because a third team could not be found, and the Clippers did not want Shumpert, J.R. Smith or Tristan Thompson, any potential deal fell through.

Still, the Cavs look like they got a pretty good haul at the deadline, even without DeAndre.