NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Willing To Deal Tristan Thompson; DeAndre Jordan In Play?

Tristan Thompson's days in "The Land" could be numbered. 

Following the Cavaliers' 34-point defeat against the Raptors on Thursday, their second consecutive blowout loss and sixth failure in their last eight outings, Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania reported Cleveland would be willing to move Thompson if the right deal presents itself. 

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In addition to Thompson, Cleveland holds two first-round picks that could be used in a big deal before the Feb. 8 trade deadline — their own choice and the coveted Brooklyn pick acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade — and would be interested in landing Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, according to Charania. 

However, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this week the Cavs aren't willing to include the Nets' pick in a deal for Jordan at this stage in the season.

"They will only use [the Brooklyn pick] in Cleveland, I'm told, if it's a player they think can put them over the top," Wojnarowski told "Outside The Lines" host Matt Barrie. "One player they've discussed, DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers center, he does not rise to the level in Cleveland, I'm told, of putting that Brooklyn pick in."

Based on the Cavs' recent performances, the presence of a rim protector like Jordan would be a welcome change.

At 26-16, the Cavs are seven games behind the Celtics for the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings. Cleveland simply can't defend, as Tyronn Lue's team owns the second-worst defensive rating in the league (109.3) ahead of only the lowly Kings (110.2). Making matters worse, the Cavs are also near the bottom of the league in defensive rebounding percentage and overall rebounding percentage. This isn't all on Thompson, but he was inked to a five-year, $82-million deal in 2015 to shore up both of those categories. 

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Thompson was once the most durable player in the league, having played 447 consecutive games (the NBA's longest active streak at the time), before sitting out a game in the Eastern Conference finals with a thumb injury last season. Over the course of the 2017-18 season, the Texas product has missed significant time. He's played in just 22 games and started only five while struggling with a calf strain. He's averaging 5.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 19.1 minutes per game, all career-lows. 

This would all be a lot easier if the Cavs knew what LeBron James planned to do once he becomes a free agent this summer, but that answer isn't coming any time soon. Cavs general manager Koby Altman has some tough calls to make.

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