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DeAndre Jordan opts out of LA Clippers deal, becomes free agent

01 July, 2018, 08:52 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • DeAndre Jordan opts out of LA Clippers deal, becomes free agent

Three years ago, Jordan originally agreed to a contract with Dallas right before free agency began. Jordan opted out just in case, but it's safe to say this deal was essentially in place Friday.

Both the Clippers and Mavericks are rebuilding their rosters.

The Los Angeles Clippers center on Friday opted out of a $24.1 million player option on his contract for next season, sources told ESPN.

All signs point to the Mavericks being his likely destination, as Dallas is one of few teams with the cap room to sign a player who will command upwards of $20 million per year.

- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2018Such a move would require Jordan to take a deal starting at the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.3 mil - which would cost the Warriors more like $27 mil next season.

Dallas Mavericks decline Dirk Nowitzki's team option, plan to re-sign
Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that the Warriors will take a shot at DeAndre Jordan in free agency. MAVS BOUND? DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers decides to test the free agency.

Stein reported that the Mavericks were unwilling to give up assets in a trade with the Clippers.

It is no surprise that Jordan is attempting to secure a deal with the Mavericks, but the two sides are not allowed to discuss and finalize a deal until July.

Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement - Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. He is a native of the state and starred at Texas A&M before being drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 Draft.

The 29-year-old Jordan averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds in 2017-18.

On Tuesday, the Clippers traded guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat.

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