DeAndre Jordan, the last remaining piece of the original "Lob City" squad that launched the Los Angeles Clippers to relevancy, has "verbally agreed" to a one-year, $24.1-million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to the New York Times' Marc Stein.
Jordan was due to make $24.1 million in the 2018-19 season. With tax penalties included, that deal would cost Golden State approximately $27 million next season.
The 29-year-old averaged 12.0 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds last season.
Free agency officially begins on Sunday. Adding Jordan alongside Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell will hopefully make the team more competitive. Seven years later, the Mavericks made a strong play for Jordan, who agreed to sign with them as a free agent.
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. Jordan has expressed his interest in being the next center for the Dallas Mavericks. Dennis Smith Jr., taken ninth a year ago, has been joined by another player who will begin his National Basketball Association career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic. The Mavericks, in need of a center, are now the favorite to sign the big man. Milos Teodosic exercised his option on next season, but the Clippers could waive the native of Serbia before July 16, when his deal becomes fully guaranteed.
The 6-foot-11 Jordan has averaged at least 12 points each of the past three years.
Jordan's field goal percentage dipped below 70 per cent for the first time in three seasons past year, but part of that could be due to the departure of point guard Chris Paul.