By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
DeAndre Jordan has opted out of his contract. The former Los Angeles Clippers center will now become a free agent.
Jordan will be now the top target of the Dallas Mavericks. The 30-year-old declined the $24.1 million option for this season to leave the rebuilding Clippers.
Los Angeles was hoping that Jordan would opt-in so that they could trade him. However, he has elected to leave in order to find a new home, as their three biggest stars have all left within the past year.
Chris Paul, who was previously their starting point guard, was traded to the Houston Rockets in a blockbuster deal. Blake Griffin, who had just signed an extension with the team last summer, was dealt to the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline in February.
Now, Jordan is in the same position that he was just three years ago, before signing a four-year, $87.6 million deal with the Clippers. When Jordan was a free agent in 2015, he intended on signing with the Mavericks, before having a last-minute change of heart and re-joining the Clippers.
Right now, the Mavericks do not have a starting center under contract. Maximillian Kieber is their only center, who is signed.
The Clippers already have Jordan’s replacement on the team. Los Angeles traded guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, who is expected to be their center this season, before becoming a free agent in 2019.
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