Yesterday, Jordan made a decision to opt out of his player option with the L.A. Clippers and test the market as an unrestricted free agent.
Even if the veteran had chosen to exercise his player option to remain a Clipper, the team would've actively pursued a trade for him as they're keen to rebuild and get big salaries off their books after previously parting ways with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Jordan played all 10 seasons of his career with the Clippers.
Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement - Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. Jordan, who will turn 30 next month, could also decline the option and become an unrestricted free agent.
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James apparently told the Cleveland Cavaliers he will not exercise his 2018-19 player option of receiving $35.6 million. On Thursday, George told the Oklahoma City Thunder he's declining his $20.7 million option for next season.
Signing Jordan in free agency means the Mavericks will be able to hold on to Wes Matthews, along with draft picks, pieces that likely would have been sent to the Clippers if the teams had agreed to a trade. Last season, the Clippers had Jordan, Montrezl Harrell and Boban Marjanovic in their center rotation.
Jordan averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds per game this past season. 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. Smith Jr. has already shown he's going to be a great National Basketball Association player, and Doncic is the best European prospect we've maybe ever seen. However, it seems like all but a guarantee that Jordan will finally live up to his word, despite taking three years to do so.
Everyone who pays attention to the National Basketball Association remembers the DeAndre Jordan to the Mavericks debacle from a few years back.
Golden State, though, is expected to have serious competition from the Mavericks for Jordan's services this time around.