Los Angeles Clippers Center, DeAndre Jordan has opted out of his deal making him a free agent. DeAndre Jordan turn down the $24.1 million player option, which was expected to sign a potential long-term deal. When the Los Angeles Clippers dealt for Marcin Gortat, the writing was on the wall. The Dallas Mavericks is the favorite the land the big man, which is crazy seeing he verbally agreed to a deal back in 2015. After initially agreeing to sign a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavericks, Jordan changed his mind with help from Clippers teammates such as Chris Paul and coach Doc Rivers and returned to L.A. on a four-year, $87 million deal. Jordan and the Mavericks aren’t allowed to discuss or negotiate a deal until free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday.
In recent days, the Clippers and Mavericks were unable to come to terms on a sign-and-trade agreement to move Jordan to Dallas, but the Mavericks have $27 million in salary-cap space — and the ability to create more — to sign Jordan and possibly add more in free agency. Dallas also declined Dirk Nowitzki’s $5 million team option on Friday. Jordan had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to decide on whether to exercise the option. Jordan, who will turn 30 on July 21, had spent all 10 of his seasons with the Clippers. He averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds per game this past season.
In the past year, the Clippers’ Lob City group has disbanded as the roster has been overhauled. Last June, the Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets. Then, after re-signing Blake Griffin in free agency, Los Angeles dealt him to the Detroit Pistons in January. With the impending free agency for DeAndre Jordan, he’s able to sign with any team. Will Dallas be his next home or could another team swoop in and grab Jordan?
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