Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

DeAndre Jordan, Mavericks Reportedly Verbally Agree to 1-Year, $24M Contract

DeAndre Jordan, Mavericks Reportedly Verbally Agree to 1-Year, $24M Contract

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.

DeAndre Jordan is on the move for the first time in his career after agreeing to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan was set to make $24.1 million under the four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed to stay with the team that drafted him in 2008. There was a possibility that the Clippers and Mavericks could have worked out a trade. Back in 2015 Jordan had agreed to join Dallas, then, all of a sudden, he changed his mind.

Jordan's salary with the Mavericks will approach the $24.1 million that he would have earned with the Clippers had he exercised his option, according to the report. Adding Jordan alongside Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell will hopefully make the team more competitive.

Stein reported that the Mavericks were unwilling to give up assets in a trade with the Clippers.

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The big man was deliberating over the decision until Friday's deadline where he had to inform the franchise of his choice.

If Dallas does get Jordan, it will be like Ahab finally capturing Moby Dick.

Jordan, who turns 30 on July 21, averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 blocked shots in 77 games last season, all starts.

Before trading Rivers, the son of Coach Doc Rivers, the Clippers had nine guards on the roster.

Jordan did, however, improve his free throw shooting, going from 48.2 per cent in 2016-17 to 58.0 per cent last season.

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