The Dallas Mavericks were already fooled once by DeAndre Jordan, but they are reportedly willing to bet that he won’t fool them again.
Mavs insider Mike Fisher of 247 Sports reported on Saturday that the team has decided to let bygones be bygones and would forgive the LA Clippers center for embarrassing them as a free agent in the summer of 2015.
There is certainly a practical element here as the Mavs, who used their first-rounder this year on Luka Doncic, need a center. They are also one of the few teams with the cap space to easily absorb a player like Jordan this offseason.
Forgiveness might have seemed far off seeing as it was just three years ago that the All-Star big famously reneged on his verbal commitment to Dallas and barricaded himself in his house to re-sign with the Clippers. However, Jordan had already been speculated as a potential target for the Mavs this summer (along with some other big-name centers), and continuing to hold a grudge simply would not make sense for them from a basketball standpoint.
The Dallas Mavericks have missed the postseason the past two years and have not won a playoff series since they were crowned NBA champions in 2011, and it sounds like they are ready to get back to winning.
While there has been talk that the Mavericks could target Texas big man Mo Bamba with the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA Draft, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports that Dallas could look to address its frontcourt need in free agency. The Mavs have the ability to create space for a max contract, so they may make a run at a player like DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan or restricted free agent Julius Randle.
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Ever since word spread in league circles in March that Dirk Nowitzki would return to the Mavericks for his 21st season, there have also been rumblings that the Dallas front office will look to make additions this summer that can put the team back on a winning track. The Mavericks can create space to sign a max free agent, and multiple league sources expect them to pursue a trio of big men: DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, and restricted free agent Julius Randle. If the Mavericks do indeed plan to pursue expensive bigs in free agency, then it’d make sense to target a primary scorer, like Porter, rather than Bamba.
Randle and Jordan are both Texas natives. Randle fits the timeline of Dallas’s young roster, while Jordan could finally get a glimpse at what he missed out on after backing out of a deal with the Mavs in the summer of 2015. Jordan has a $24.1 million player option for 2018-19, so he may not hit the market, but the Mavs would be a great fit considering, as Bamba said, (Dennis Smith Jr.’s) game is best suited with a center who can roll and flush lobs.
Some hard feelings may need to be brushed aside if Dallas is interested in Jordan, as we all remember how embarrassing things got when they tried to sign the Clippers big man three offseasons ago.
The Mavs didn’t get as high of a pick as they had hoped for, but Cuban is only going to accept tanking for so long. If they can get a good player at No. 5 and make a big splash in free agency, fans would feel a lot better about their team.
DeAndre Jordan is the last man standing in Clipper Land after Blake Griffin, his best friend on the team, was traded to the Detroit Pistons at the deadline. Now the All-Star center is offering some thoughts on the move.
In an interview with Michael Lee of Yahoo! Sports that was published on Friday, Jordan discussed the Clippers’ recent roster makeover.
“I don’t think anything is too dramatic about it,” said the three-time All-NBA selection. “It was a lot going on. But I just tried to keep my head and roll with whatever happened.”
Jordan then proceeded to comment specifically on Griffin’s departure.
“It sucks because we were teammates for nine years, but the organization decided to go in a different direction and do what’s best for the future of the organization,” he said. “We can only respect that and continue to try to win games. We’re still going to remain friends, I think.”
Jordan also stated in the interview that he is “focused” on the Clippers and is hoping to stay with them for “another ten years.”
As he hinted at, Jordan has been with the team for his entire ten-year career, nine of which were spent next to Griffin in the frontcourt. Jordan, who can become a free agent after this season, was himself dangled by the Clippers at the trade deadline but ultimately remained with the team. Based on this latest interview, it sounds like his relationship with the Clippers is still salvageable, but the same definitely cannot be said of Griffin.
DeAndre Watch 2018 may quietly be heating up.
According to a report by Neal J. Leitereg of the Los Angeles Times this week, LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has put a Los Angeles-area home of his up for sale. The All-Star center is said to be seeking $6.5 million for the two-story remodeled contemporary, which is located in a guard-gated community in Malibu and spans 4,600 square feet of interior space.
The 29-year-old Jordan, who is averaging 11.9 points and 15.0 rebounds a game this season, has been with the Clippers for his entire ten-year career. He can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after the season though.
Of course, putting properties up for sale is something of a normal occurrence for multi-millionaire professional athletes. But this particular development seems fairly noteworthy when you consider Jordan’s impending free agency as well as if he was put off by how close the Clippers just came to trading him.
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The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly tried to acquire DeAndre Jordan from the Los Angeles Clippers right up until the day of the NBA trade deadline, but something happened that caused the deal to fall through.
Nobody wanted Iman Shumpert.
In an outstanding behind-the-scenes look at how the trade deadline turned into a frenzy for the Cavs, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Cleveland GM Koby Altman received the go-ahead from ownership to trade Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the the team’s 2018 first-round pick for Jordan. Shumpert has $21 million remaining on his deal and has not been very good, so the Clippers weren’t having it.
Clippers general manager Michael Winger explained to Altman that LA didn’t want another shooting guard. He hoped to find a third team that would take Shumpert and his $21 million with draft compensation, and have the Clippers get a center back. Altman and Winger agreed to make more calls to try to find a third team to make the deal work. Winger wondered whether Altman would let him talk to Shumpert’s agent about a possible contract buyout, but Altman wanted trade talks to be further along before granting that permission.
Clippers president Lawrence Frank, Winger and Altman had talked for weeks on a trade, but they got nowhere. The Clippers wouldn’t take Tristan Thompson, JR Smith or Shumpert in a deal, and that never changed. As Wednesday wore on, Altman became more convinced that a deal with Los Angeles was within reach — only not with the Clippers.
When that deal fell through, the Cavs went back to some of their other trade scenarios. They had already determined that Isaiah Thomas had to go, which makes sense when you consider the reason report we heard about Thomas’ relationship with LeBron James.
Ultimately, Altman understood that making a deal with the Lakers would help pave the way for LeBron to sign with them as a free agent this summer, but that didn’t stop him. If James wants to go to the Lakers, they’re going to find a way to free up the cap space needed to sign him. The Cavs had no reason not to make the deal that they felt was the best one for them, especially after they were unable to land Jordan.
The Cleveland Cavaliers were busier than any other team on Thursday, but there was one deal they did not end up making.
According to a report from ESPN, the Los Angeles Clippers thought they were trading DeAndre Jordan to Cleveland, but the deal did not go through. Instead, the Cavs made a blockbuster deal with the Lakers that shipped out Isaiah Thomas and Channing Frye.
The Cavaliers also made deals with Miami to send Dwyane Wade back to the Heat, and with Utah and Sacramento that brought them George Hill and Rodney Hood.
Cleveland and the Clippers had long discussed a trade for Jordan, but it seems the Cavs wanted to add some younger wing-type players rather than a traditional big man who is set to become a free agent. They were able to shed some contracts too, so they accomplished a lot of what they wanted to do. Meanwhile, the Clippers got to hang on to Jordan and remain a contender for a playoff spot in the West.
DeAndre Jordan remains very much available ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, and a new team has reportedly entered the fray.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Toronto Raptors have tried to involve themselves in trade discussions with the Los Angeles Clippers centering around Jordan. They may, however, require a third team to realistically complete any trade.
Acquiring Jordan would give the Raptors a potent interior player to go with one of the league’s best backcourts, so you can see the appeal here from their perspective.
One team has been linked to Jordan all along, and is also looking to potentially get a third team involved. The Jordan sweepstakes will certainly be a big storyline ahead of the deadline, and there seems to be a fairly good chance that something will happen.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been linked to DeAndre Jordan leading up to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, but they don’t seem to be a good match for the Los Angeles Clippers as a trade partner. A third team could potentially help with that.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs and Clippers have continued to discuss a potential Jordan deal, and they are searching for a third team to involve in the talks.
That makes senses, as the Clippers are looking to rebuild and probably don’t want to take on the types of big contracts the Cavs are looking to shed. If a third team is interested in players like Tristan Thompson and/or J.R. Smith, Cleveland and L.A. may be able to find a solution.
Of course, Jordan is said to be hurting the Clippers’ chances of trading him with his unwillingness to opt into his contract for the 2018-2019 season. Cleveland also may not want to make a huge deal at the deadline if their crumbling team is destined to fall apart this offseason.
The Los Angeles Clippers have very little reason to hang onto DeAndre Jordan now that they have traded Blake Griffin and are clearly rebuilding, but the star center’s contract situation could prevent the team from being able to trade him.
Jordan has a player option for the 2018-2019 season that would pay him $24.1 million, but he is expected to opt out of the deal. The problem with that is most — if not all — of the teams that are interested in trading for the 29-year-old want him to opt in.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are one team that has been linked to Jordan, but Adrian Wojnarowski said on ESPN Tuesday that the Clippers are unwilling to take on the types of big contracts the Cavs want to unload in addition to trading a draft pick for a player like Jordan.
Doc Rivers has indicated that the Clippers are done making moves even after trading Griffin, and that could be the case. They don’t want to make even more of a mess of their salary cap when Jordan can just leave in free agency this summer, though Jordan is not the only player teams are calling about in advance of the Feb. 8 trade deadline.
On February 2nd, Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his underground burrow on Groundhog Day to determine whether or not we will have six more weeks of winter. Several days later, on February 8th, NBA general managers will emerge from their underground bunkers on Trade Deadline Day to determine whether or not we have a nuclear winter. The Detroit Pistons’ jaw-dropping trade for Blake Griffin on Monday was one heck of a start and knocked many of us dead in the process. But the fact of the matter is that we in the basketball fandom still crave infinitely more chaos. So in the spirit of the season, here are ten major trade candidates that are still out there.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LA Clippers
Jordan being the only Clippers player left from the notorious Navy SEALS unit that descended upon Dallas in 2015 was a plot twist that I, for one, wasn’t expecting. Nevertheless, he may want to keep an extra suitcase handy as the Griffin trade signaled that, if not a full-scale rebuild, the team is remodeling this roster like an HGTV show. Jordan’s value speaks for itself – basket-to-basket activity with ironman-like consistency (this season’s brief five-game absence was the first time he missed action due to injury in his ten-year career). His expiring contract does give him a specific niche market, but for the lob of God, players of his caliber ain’t available for trade all that often.
George Hill, PG, Sacramento Kings
It took all of six months for the Hill-Kings marriage to go sour, and now we wait and see which team will win custody. A prolonged stay in Sacto is likely untenable – rookie De’Aaron Fox has already lapped Hill on the depth chart, and the Kings’ Western Conference-worst record is pretty much purgatory for a player who has made the postseason in eight of his nine NBA seasons so far. A classic veteran point guard of the 3-and-D mold, Hill would probably be an ideal depth piece for a host of playoff teams. As such, he may not be locked in the royal castle humming “Someday My Prince Will Come” to himself for long.