Despite rumors surfacing of the team looking for trades involving All-Star center DeAndre Jordan, Lawrence Frank of the LA Clippers is shutting them down.
Frank is the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Clippers. Here is his lead statement against the rumors:
"“DeAndre was never, ever dangled out there,” -Lawrence Frank"
You see, league sources originally gave information to ESPN staff writer Chris Haynes that the Clippers were shopping Jordan around the league. Specifically, the information was that the team reached out to the Suns and offered Jordan for Tyson Chandler and the #4 pick in the draft. Good thing the Suns didn’t accept this trade that may have not actually been offered… (these rumors are mentally draining.)
Frank went on to back up his original statement with this:
"“DeAndre’s a cornerstone to what we do, and it’s funny, if you track every rumor, literally every single player outside of maybe the guys on Golden State and LeBron were mentioned,”-Lawrence Frank"
Good point executive vice pres! Every other team in the league has it’s players’ future whereabouts thrown around like Draymond Green’s foot in a dubs game, while the Warriors and Cavaliers’ stars are safely staying put. This years’ free agency is especially chaotic and the rumors are flying like Stephen Curry’s mouthpiece in game 6 of the 2016 NBA finals. Here is what Frank thinks about all these rumors:
"“…in the front office what we’ve learned quickly is you can’t dispel everything.” -Lawrence Frank"
You really can’t. While there are currently no games to report on as a sports journalist, there are plenty of rumors to cover and speculations to be made. Unfortunately, not all of these rumors can be true, or even credible sometimes, even if they are coming from big time reporters. Bad information is bound to get covered sometimes in an effort to bring the latest news to the consumers. Here is one final statement from Frank, we believe it is a good way to close this news piece.
"“We love DJ. DJ’s gonna be here for a long, long time as far as we’re concerned.” -Lawrence Frank"