DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers

DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers

He could re-sign for any part of the $4.4-million exception the Mavericks have and could sign for two seasons.

DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on November 1, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Nowitzki, who has spent his entire career with the franchise, is expected to sign a new deal with the Mavericks later this summer.

Jordan had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday night to opt in or out of his deal.

Jordan averaged 12 points and.9 blocks while setting a new career high in rebounds (15.2) per game.

The Mavericks, in need of a center, are now the favorite to sign the big man.

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Now Jordan is free to join the Mavericks or any other team as a free agent. In the eleventh hour, though, his Clippers teammates convinced him to stay in Los Angeles.

The Houston native changed his mind, and the saga played out on social media the day before Jordan could sign.

The Mavs held discussions with the Clippers in the past week over a potential trade for Jordan so he could opt in with them for next season.

After drafting exciting young point guard Dennis Smith Jr.in last year's draft, the Mavs added talented European sensation Luka Doncic last week.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refused to accept an apology from Jordan after the reversal, but later said he was moving on and never ruled out acquiring a player despite what was seen as a betrayal.

If Ryan Spalding, Kostas Antetokounmpo or Duop Reath get pushed up from the Summer League roster, Jordan can mentor the young forwards as the develop their game in the National Basketball Association.

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