DeAndre Jordan agreed to leave the Los Angeles Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks last weekend, but L.A. isn’t going to lose their starting center without putting up a fight. According to ESPN, the Clippers are making a last ditch effort to keep Jordan and prevent him from going to one of their Western Conference rivals.
Story going online now: ESPN sources say Clippers lobbying DeAndre Jordan to reverse his decision to join Dallas and stay in LA with Clips
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 8, 2015
It’s been nearly a week since Jordan verbally committed to a four-year max contract worth $80 million with Dallas, but the deal has yet to become official. While NBA free agents are allowed to start talking to other teams on July 1, an official contract can’t be signed until Thursday, July 9. The Clippers are hoping that Jordan will have a change of heart and back out of his verbal agreement with the Mavericks.
ESPN reports that the Clippers are trying to meet with Jordan in Houston on Wednesday with head coach Doc Rivers and possibly owner Steve Ballmer in attendance. While other free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge have announced their intentions to sign elsewhere, even though they have yet to put pen to paper, Jordan has remained quiet.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has not been shy about discussing the potential signing. He has reportedly been fined $25,000 for confirming deals with Jordan and Wes Matthews.
"We see him as “Shaq-like” but never having been given the opportunity," Cuban told sports-talk radio station The Ticket. "We told him if he came to the Mavs, he would be a focal point. He would grow into being a franchise player."
The interest between the Clippers and Jordan might not be one-sided. According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the big man has been questioning his decision to sign with the Mavericks.
Source close to D.Jordan started having 2nd thoughts on leaving LAC early in week, source said. Loves LA, Team closeness. @ESPNSteinLine 1st
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 8, 2015
Spears reports that the Clippers found out Jordan was having second thoughts a few days ago. Jordan has reportedly spoken with Blake Griffin, and he’s expected to speak with Chris Paul soon.
Jordan is coming off his best NBA season, averaging 11.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He finished third in voting for the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, and he helped lead the Clippers to the third-best record in the West.