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DeAndre Jordan: ‘I’d be happy’ to play for Celtics

As trade rumors continue to fly, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is trying to block out the noise, but the 24-year-old admitted on Yahoo! Sports Radio [1] he’d be “happy” to stay in Los Angeles or join the Celtics [2].

‘€œIf I was younger, I probably would have handled it a little differently, but with me just finishing my fifth year I know that it is a business, teams want to win and they’€™re only looking out for their best interest,” said Jordan, who averaged 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. “I’€™ve been with the Clippers my whole career. All I know is Los Angeles and the Clippers organization, but if I was to go somewhere else, if it did happen, I’€™d still be playing basketball — the sport that I love — so I’€™d be happy and just try to make the best of the opportunity.”

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted [3] that the deal Clippers management took to owner Donald Sterling for approval — trading Jordan to the Celtics for Kevin Garnett [4] and acquiring the rights to hire Doc Rivers [5] in exchange for two first-round draft picks — is hitting yet another snag due to the legality of linking the two transactions under the NBA’s guidelines. The two sides have reportedly already begun discussing additional scenarios.

‘€œYou hear stuff from your friends, media, things like that, so I just try not to listen to it,” added Jordan. “I don’€™t really watch it or read into it at all. I’€™m really just focused on getting better this summer and just preparing for next season.

‘€œI’€™m just really in the gym working out with a couple of my teammates and some other guys, just trying to get better and stay focused. I’€™ve got a couple things this summer that I’€™m focused on, and I’€™m just trying to get better and come out and have a better season than we did this year.’€