Report: DeAndre Jordan “Torn” Between Clippers, Mavericks

By David Kenyon

DeAndre Jordan is the second-best remaining free agent, and the center is faced with a difficult choice.

In fact, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Jordan is evenly split on the decision between the Los Angeles Clippers—his current team—and the Dallas Mavericks.

Jordan tallied 11.5 points, 15.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season en route to earning first-team NBA All-Defensive and third-team All-NBA honors. Suffice to say he’s deserving of the attention.

Wojnarowski wrote Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, team owner Steve Ballmer and president of business operations Gillian Zucker attended Jordan’s meeting, though no players—such as Chris Paul and Blake Griffin—were present.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon noted the Mavericks’ pitch included owner Mark Cuban, general manager Donnie Nelson, coach Rick Carlisle, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and small forward Chandler Parsons, and the meeting lasted more than four hours.

That much firepower in one room certainly can make a decision difficult, and Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times said Jordan’s decision will not arrive soon.

Jordan is expected to command a maximum contract, which would be worth nearly $110 million from the Clippers over five years. Dallas can offer a four-year deal for approximately $80 million.

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