DeAndre Jordan leaves Clippers, sets sights on Mavericks

Dean Simpson
July 1, 2018

Center DeAndre Jordan has agreed to sign a one-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks worth close to the $24.1 million player option he declined to exercise with the LA Clippers, league sources confirmed to ESPN.

Jordan, a 6-foot-11 center, was the first piece of the Lob City puzzle, joining the Clippers via the 2008 draft, and the last to depart.

This is Jordan's second turn at free agency. That is a fantastic deal for Dallas, who will stay very flexible on cap next summer when many more free agents will be available. For his career, the Texas A&M product is averaging 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and and 1.7 blocks. If he opted in, he would be in line to make a little more than $24.1 million this season. While Dallas "met" with Jordan in Los Angeles, per Stein, it was just a formality.

The big man was deliberating over the decision until Friday's deadline where he had to inform the franchise of his choice. He's also average 10.7 rebounds over his career, including at least 13 a game the past five seasons.

The Houston native changed his mind, and the saga played out on social media the day before Jordan could sign.

MAVS BOUND? DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers decides to test the free agency. The deal with Dallas is reportedly approaching the same amount, according to Stein.

The Mavericks have now addressed the frontcourt and backcourt this offseason.

Though Jordan, 29, could nearly certainly earn a lucrative multi-year deal on the open market, the Warriors are hoping to entice Jordan with the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth 5.3 million for one season.

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