DeAndre Jordan and the Los Angeles Clippers are talking about a potential contract extension.
Jordan is set to earn $22.6 million this season and has a player option for just over $24 million next year. The 29-year-old center may be on his way to getting a new deal in place.
The Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner shared the news on Jordan and the Clippers Friday via Twitter.
Turner also notes that Jordan does not currently have an agent and is representing himself in negotiations.
The Clippers just lost Chris Paul this offseason and will enter the year with a new-look team. They still have Jordan and Blake Griffin, while they add Danilo Gallinari, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley and a few other former Rockets. If they can avoid injuries, they should be a playoff team in the West.
It’s shaping up to be a busy offseason in the NBA, with numerous star players set to hit free agency. Others are under contract, but seem set to feature prominently in trade talks for various reasons.
On Wednesday, the talk was all about Chris Paul being dealt to Houston. That could be the first of many major moves to come.
Who will stay? Who will go? Who will be busy actively trying to get these guys? Here is a list of eight NBA stars who may well find themselves with new organizations next season, and what the future may have in store for them.
1) Paul George
At this point, it will probably be an upset if George isn’t moved. He’s told the Indiana Pacers that he’s leaving at the end of next season, and even if that knowledge will bring his trade value down, the Pacers will want to at least get something for him.
A number of teams have registered interest in George, but it doesn’t appear that anything has ever been close. The Boston Celtics tried on draft night, but talks reportedly stalled. Cleveland tried to put together an ambitious package, but their efforts seem to have fallen short as well, at least for the moment.
The Pacers seem to be in little hurry to move George, but their franchise is somewhat hamstrung until his situation is resolved. Expect him to be traded this summer.
2) Gordon Hayward
Just two short years ago the Los Angeles Clippers mounted up and made a courageous effort to lobby DeAndre Jordan to re-sign with them and flip from his verbal commitment to the Dallas Mavericks. The efforts worked, but despite Jordan’s commitment to the Clippers, the team may now be prepared to let the center go.
ESPN’s Chris Haynes reports that the Clippers have explored trade talks involving Jordan. Haynes says the team talked with the Phoenix Suns about a swap involving Jordan for Tyson Chandler and Phoenix’s No. 4 pick in the draft. The Suns are believed to have declined.
The Clippers are at a major juncture in their franchise’s future. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and JJ Redick could all leave in free agency. All the while the team doesn’t have any picks in the upcoming draft.
Should some of their core pieces leave, the Clippers might decide to flip Jordan in an effort to rebuild or re-stock. Of if the team is able to re-sign CP3 and Griffin, they could pursue LeBron James or Paul George in free agency, thus making Jordan expendable. The center is owed $46 million over the next two seasons but has a player option for the second season.
Gordon Hayward spotted a mismatch during the third quarter of Game 3 between his Jazz and the Clippers on Friday night, and he seized it.
Hayward was being guarded by Clippers center DeAndre Jordan by the 3-point line, who is much slower than the Utah forward. Let’s see what resulted:
Jordan definitely could have used some help for that mismatch.
The Los Angeles Clippers’ recent slide has brought out the metaphorical side of center DeAndre Jordan.
Addressing reporters on Tuesday, Jordan dropped this funny line about the team’s struggles of late, per Bill Oram of the Orange County Register.
Yikes, that bad, huh?
In all seriousness, the Clippers are in the midst of an alarming 8-8 stretch in the month of March that culminated on Sunday with a blown 18-point lead to the Sacramento Kings with five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. However, Jordan doesn’t seem overly concerned about the rough patch (despite what some of his other teammates have to say), so hopefully going up against four sub-.500 opponents in the final seven games of the regular season will help the Clippers find their rhythm again before the playoffs.
Steph Curry got yammed on by Giannis Antetokounmpo during Sunday’s All-Star Game in the hardest way, and nobody had a better reaction than DeAndre Jordan.
Take a look at the Clippers center’s face after seeing Antetokounmpo mash on Curry’s head:
Steph really should know better than to be on the tracks when the Giannis train is coming through:
Hmm, where have we seen that face before?
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is bringing some jitters to All-Star Weekend.
Speaking with the media on Friday, Jordan said that he feels “more nervous” about competing in Saturday’s Dunk Contest than in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
“I just think the worst,” Jordan said, per Mark Medina of the Orange County Register. “Getting hung out there, my shorts falling down, trying to do a dunk 20 times. I don’t want the crowd giving me a pity cheer.
“It looks a lot cooler when you see a short guy doing it,” he added. “Big guys don’t get a lot of love for that. They think, ‘Oh, you can dunk easily.’”
It will be Jordan’s first time participating in either competition, but he will only be a reserve for the Western Conference in Sunday’s game, which could partially explain his pre-Dunk Contest butterflies.
“If I expect the worst, then if something good happens, it’s exciting,” Jordan concluded. “I’m super excited. I had a lot of help and a lot of ideas from people. It will be fun.”
It’s quite the contrast from the mindset of this fellow 2017 participant. But considering that Jordan didn’t even expect to be a part of All-Star Weekend, anything he can provide us in New Orleans will just be icing on the cake.
DeAndre Jordan was so sure he wasn’t going to be an NBA All-Star that he had his midseason vacation all planned out.
The Los Angeles Clippers center told Marc J. Spears of the Undefeated that he had a trip to Hawaii all set for the All-Star break that was scuttled at the last minute when he discovered he’d made the team as a reserve.
“After practice on Thursday, I had my trip to Hawaii ready to go. I was superexcited about it,” Jordan said. “I was waiting for this one last little thing [All-Star announcement]. I was leaving at 6 in the morning [of Feb. 16] and was ready to rock. Someone texted me and said, ‘Hey, you got to cancel that trip to Hawaii.’ I was like, ‘No, this is done. This is set. What’s up?’
“I was thinking that they would have known at practice if I made it or not. They didn’t say nothing at practice, so I was like, ‘Cool, I didn’t make it. I’m about to set my trip up.'”
Jordan also detailed how his mother didn’t quite believe him when he told her the news.
“I called my mom and said, ‘I’m not going to Hawaii,'” Jordan said. “And she was like, ‘Why not? What’s going on?’ So I said, ‘I made the All-Star team.’ She said, ‘Oh, my God. For real? Don’t play with me, boy.’ I said, ‘For real.’ She said, ‘DeAndre, stop playing.’ I said, ‘This is what I was told,’ She said, ‘What they say? They better not be bulls—ing, you.’ I said, ‘Mom, I’m telling you what they told me.’ So she was superexcited.”
Maybe it’s good that Jordan won’t be going to Hawaii. Sometimes dangerous things can happen there.
Saturday was a brutal night for the Los Angeles Clippers through and through.
As he stepped to the free throw line in the first quarter of the Clippers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors, center DeAndre Jordan, who is notorious for his charity stripe woes, was pelted by “airball” chants from the Dubs faithful.
To his credit, Jordan, who is at 51.4 percent from the line on the year and 43.0 percent for his career, at least managed to draw iron on the attempt. But that was about all the Clippers had going for them on the evening as they were run completely out of the gym by the Warriors, losing by the final of 144-98.
For Jordan, who has definitely done his part to justify the chants, he should probably be thankful he doesn’t hear them more often when he’s on the road.
DeAndre Jordan was involved in a minor car accident on Tuesday.
The incident occurred when the Clippers center was on his way to the airport for the team’s flight to New Orleans ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Pelicans. The accident was first reported by TMZ and the Clippers later confirmed, saying Jordan is OK and will travel with the team.
Thankfully Jordan appears to be okay. Unfortunately, TMZ added one person was taken to an area hospital. We can only hope that person will be alright as well.