Doc Rivers praises DeAndre Jordan

Doc Rivers praises DeAndre Jordan
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Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers praises the ability of DeAndre Jordan ahead of the new season.

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has taken time out of his side's pre-season preparations to heap praise on DeAndre Jordan.

Reports had suggested that Jordan was close to leaving the franchise in a trade which would have seen Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett move to California.

However, Rivers has claimed that the 25-year-old is an important factor for his team.

"That was the strangest thing in the world. I was seeing the trade talks and I was saying, 'Wait a minute! We don't want to give away that guy!' We wanted that other guy too. That was the home run to get both," Rivers told reporters.

"[Jordan] is just too young and too gifted to let walk out your door, bottom line. He's a game changer defensively. When you have one of those guys, you want to keep them."

Jordan was drafted by the Clippers in 2008.

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