DeAndre Jordan leaves Clippers, sets sights on Mavericks

DeAndre Jordan will opt out, report says

Three years after the Los Angeles Clippers basically held DeAndre Jordan hostage in order to prevent him from signing with the Dallas Mavericks, the two teams are reportedly close to a deal that would send Jordan back to his home state of Texas.

Wojnarowski adds that this clears a pathway for Jordan to negotiate with the Dallas Mavericks.

There are some within the talent pool of free agents that will nearly certainly look elsewhere this summer in large part due to the awkward fit they had this past season with their respective teams. At the last moment, the Los Angeles Clippers camped out at Jordan's house, while persuading Jordan to reverse his choice to join the Dallas Mavericks and officially sign a new deal with the franchise.

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Golden State Warriors are still holding on to a slim hope that Jordan will take a massive pay cut to complete an All-Star starting 5 with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Earlier today, it was reported the Clippers were awaiting Jordan's decision, which had to be made by 11:59 ET tonight.

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Even though Dallas declined Dirk Nowitzki's player option, the Mavs plan on resigning the veteran big man.

Jordan will fill a big need for the Mavericks. The 29-year-old averaged 12.0 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds last season.

Centers in Rick Carlisle's offense have done well for most part.

The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction, with 2017 first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. joined by another player who will begin his National Basketball Association career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic. After having a successful rookie season, Smith Jr. could develop into a Chris Paul type player with Jordan around.

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