Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with LA in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. He averaged 12 points per game last season. Chris Paul engineered a trade to Houston last summer, and the Clippers shipped Griffin to Detroit in January in a sign that rebuilding years could be ahead.
Jordan averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds last season with the Clippers, his 5th straight year averaging a double-double.
Jordan, perhaps in a playful nod to the wild day when he backed out of his verbal commitment to sign with Dallas in 2015, seemingly confirmed this commitment to the Mavs by tweeting an emoji of a smiley face with a cowboy hat.
Wojnarowski further reports that Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks are "prepared to partner together".
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Jordan in Dallas just makes sense, if the two sides are willing to forgive one another for their last free agency fiasco. Jordan, who grew up in the Houston area and played one season at Texas A&M, might end up taking a little less next season than he was going to make in exchange for the security of multiple years.
Now three years later, Jordan may once again be on track to join famous owner Mark Cuban in Dallas.
Teams and players can not formally sign contracts until July 6.
DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers grabs the rebound against the Golden State Warriors on January 10, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. Randle could still draw interested from the likes of Brooklyn or Indiana.