DeAndre Jordan is by no means an offensive juggernaut, though he does have an NBA-record career field goal percentage of 67.3 percent. Nowitzki is expected to get a new contract in July.
Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency.
Earlier today, it was reported the Clippers were awaiting Jordan's decision, which had to be made by 11:59 ET tonight.
The Mavericks are zeroing in on acquitting Jordan, after the center reportedly opted out of the final year of his contract, worth $24.1 million, with the L.A. Clippers. 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.
According to a New York Times report, the Dallas Mavericks will make Jordan their top target in free agency after previously discussing various opt-in-and-trade scenarios with the Clippers. The Clippers can offer him more money than any other team; it's just incredibly unlikely they do so.
The Golden State Warriors will explore their free agent chances with DeAndre Jordan. Adding Jordan to the squad could put the team back on the radar. He averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds per game this past season.