NBA: DeAndre Jordan Leaves $87 Million Mavericks Deal To Join Clippers
DeAndre Jordan has revoked his deal with the Dallas Mavericks and rejoined the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources say.
In a meeting at his Houston home in the presence of teammates and officials, Jordan told the Clippers that he desires to leave the four-year, more than $80 million deal with the Mavericks (including a player option after the third season), and sign with the Clippers. The meeting occurred on Wednesday. (Read also: Clippers Rumors: Will DeAndre Jordan Re-sign For Clippers?)
Once Jordan signed the contract, the Clippers announced the news on Twitter.
Jordan had initially informed the two teams on Friday that he will join the Mavericks, who instead sought to sign the contract with him on Thursday once the league-wide moratorium could be lifted. However, there is a glimmer of hope for Clippers after Jordan expressed his inclination to stay with the team in the Wednesday meeting.
“He was such an integral part of what we did, not just defensively but offensively with his screening, his rolling, his offensive rebounds,” shooting guard J.J. Redick told Bleacher Report Radio.
“His presence down low essentially made teams either commit to the 3-point line when Blake [Griffin] or Chris [Paul] penetrated or commit to him, and that either opened up lobs for him or 3s for guys like me and Jamal [Crawford] and Matt [Barnes].
“So he was a huge part of what we did, and missing out and having him leave for Dallas gives us a failing grade.”
But after the signing, Redick took to Twitter and changed his evaluation an A plus.
According to ESPN, a Clipper source said, “He reached out to us and said I changed my mind. There was no convincing here.” Another source present in the meeting said, “It’s done. I wouldn’t have left if it wasn’t.”
Jordan made 15.0 rebounds per game while achieving 11.5 points and 2.2 blocks during the 2014-15 regular season.
ABC News reported that the Clippers have also lured Paul Pierce and Lance Stephenson this off-season. They have also agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with forward Wesley Johnson.
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