Free agent DeAndre Jordan is keen on signing a new four-year deal that would allow him to opt out ahead of the final year. Such a contract would nullify the Los Angeles Clippers’ advantage in retaining the center, as sources told ESPN.
The Clippers could offer the big man a deal worth $27 million in fifth year and still have hopes of keeping Jordan.
Sources closer to Jordan reveal that the center is tired of his role as third fiddle behind Blake Griffin and Chris Paul and wants a better role in the offense.
Once the free agency begins on Wednesday, Jordan will be meeting the Los Angeles Lakers, the Dallas Mavericks, the New York Knicks, and the Clippers to discuss on the future deal.
The Mavericks are the likeliest team to persuade Jordan to ditch the Clippers, and chances of Jordan leaving Los Angeles is 50%, according to ESPN. The Mavs are planning to utilize Jordan as the focal point of offense, an idea that can lure the athletic center.
Clippers will look to a sign-and-trade with the Mavs for center Tyson Chandler if finally Jordan opts for Dallas.
The 26-year-old center was named to the All-NBA 3rd team for the first time in his career. Jordan finished third after voting to elect the Defensive Player of The Year for the second consecutive season.