When Clippers executive vice president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank stood before the media late Thursday night to discuss the team buying its way into the NBA draft, he was forced to pivot toward the rumors about the team looking to trade center DeAndre Jordan.
Frank denied the Clippers had been shopping Jordan, even though several league executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said there were discussions about a deal for Jordan that went nowhere.
Frank went on to talk about the Clippers buying Milwaukee’s second-round pick at No. 48 and then selecting South Carolina guard Sindarius Thornwell.
The Clippers also purchased another...