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Mavs land C Jordan on 1-year deal

02 July, 2018, 06:36 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • DeAndre Jordan Marcin Gortat

Jordan kept the basketball world waiting until the last day with a few hours to spare, but eventually, he chose to decline his option for next season.

The Dallas Mavericks appear Jordan's probable destination, but an offer from the dominant Warriors could be of interest.

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.

Jordan, who was second in the National Basketball Association at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has always been a weakness for Dallas.

The Houston native changed his mind, and the saga played out on social media the day before Jordan could sign. He has career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 10 seasons.

However, Jordan won't be a free agent for long.

Jordan declined the final year on his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday that would have paid him just over $24 million had he opted in. As a historically bad rebounding team, the Mavs have not had a rebounder like Jordan in many years, maybe ever.

You might remember how Jordan's Clippers teammates jokingly (?) locked him inside his house to prevent him from meeting with Mark Cuban to seal the deal with the Mavs in 2015. Randle could still draw interested from the likes of Brooklyn or Indiana.

The Clippers management team of Jerry West and Lawrence Frank isn't expected to pursue top-tier free agents such as LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder, DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans or Tyreke Evans of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Especially when a free agent who jilted a team three years ago decides to sign with that team this time around.

On Tuesday, the Clippers traded guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat. This is likely Jordan's last chance to cash in on a max deal, so he's going to make it count. He will make close to $24.1 million in 2018-19, the report says.

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