DeAndre Jordan turns sights toward Mavericks after opting out of Clippers deal

LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has opted out of the $24.1 million player option on his contract for the 2018-19 season, and league sources told ESPN that the decision clears the way for him to likely sign a free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
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Jordan and the Mavericks aren’t allowed to discuss or negotiate a deal until free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, but both sides are well past Jordan’s change of heart on a Dallas free-agency commitment in 2015 and prepared to partner together, league sources said.

In recent days, the Clippers and Mavericks were unable to come to terms on a sign-and-trade agreement to move Jordan to Dallas, but the Mavericks have $27 million in salary-cap space — and the ability to create more — to sign Jordan and possibly add others in free agency.

In the past year, the Clippers’ Lob City group has disbanded as the roster has been overhauled. Last June, the Clippers traded Paul to the Houston Rockets. Then, after John Riggins Jersey re-signing Blake Griffin in free agency, Los Angeles dealt him to the Detroit Pistons in January.

The Clippers prepared for the possibility of Jordan, their longtime fixture in the middle, moving on by acquiring center Marcin Gortat in a trade with the Washington Wizards for Austin Rivers earlier this week. Gortat, 34, has one year remaining at $13.6 million and gives the Clippers a veteran starter at center.

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