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Clippers DeAndre Jordan opts out of contract, becomes free agent

02 July 2018

Jordan opted out of the final year of the contract he signed when he jilted the Mavericks in 2015. With tax penalties included, that deal would cost Golden State approximately $27 million next season.

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Free agency officially begins on Sunday.

After getting word that Jordan was wavering on his decision to sign with Dallas, former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a Clippers contingent that went to Jordan's house in his native Houston and stayed with him until the contract was official. The Mavericks reportedly did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade to acquire Jordan, and the Clippers were reportedly resistant to taking veteran Wes Matthews back in a deal.

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Earlier today, it was reported the Clippers were awaiting Jordan's decision, which had to be made by 11:59 ET tonight.

Jordan, who has been with the Clippers his entire 10-year career, has a deadline of 8:59 PDT Friday to exercise the option of his contract that will pay him $24.1 million next season.

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The Mavericks also would be willing to sign Jordan as a free agent if he decides to opt out of his deal, according to one of the executives. He provides a pick-and-roll partner and lob threat for point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and swingman Luka Doncic, the Mavs' lottery picks the past two years. In the end, Dallas didn't need to send anything to Los Angeles to acquire its man. He has averaged at least 13.6 rebounds per game in each of those seasons, as well. This is likely Jordan's last chance to cash in on a max deal, so he's going to make it count.

Clippers DeAndre Jordan opts out of contract, becomes free agent