Chris Paul inks deal with Rockets, DeAndre Jordan 'verbally' commits to Mavericks

Clippers center De Andre Jordan

Clippers center De Andre Jordan

The Dallas Mavericks made a big splash in free agency by signing DeAndre Jordan to a one-year deal, but that does not mean they will be parting ways with the most important player in franchise history. Jordan is both close friends with Kevin Durant, and a former client of Bob Myers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Nowitzki could be entering his final National Basketball Association season. With tax penalties included, that deal would cost Golden State approximately $27 million next season.

This is Jordan's second turn at free agency. Now the summer is here and Jordan has a decision to make.

The Times reported earlier this week the Clippers gave Jordan and his agent, Jeff Schwartz, permission to seek a trade, and that the Mavericks were targeting the center.

Back in 2015, DeAndre ended up re-signing with the Clippers after initially agreeing to a deal with Dallas.

The Mavericks almost landed Jordan in free agency three years ago, but he re-signed with the Clippers after several teammates, including Paul and Griffin, virtually held him hostage in his Houston-area home until he reneged on a verbal agreement on a four-year, $87-million contract with Dallas. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, then-teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each traveled to the center's home, staying there until he re-signed with the Clippers. As a historically bad rebounding team, the Mavs have not had a rebounder like Jordan in many years, maybe ever. He averaged 12 points and 15.2 rebounds in 2017-18. Milos Teodosic exercised his option on next season, but the Clippers could waive the native of Serbia before July 16, when his deal becomes fully guaranteed.

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