DeAndre Jordan was one of the most sought-after free agents this offseason, and the All-Star center has found a new home with the Dallas Mavericks on a four-year, $80 million deal, per Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times.
Turner also noted the contract has a player option after the third season.
Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reported Jordan is joining the Mavericks because "he wants to be the man."
Earlier in the day, the Clippers were confident Jordan would return to the team, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. Jordan met with L.A. head coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and president of business operations Gillian Zucker on July 2, per Wojnarowski.
Dallas pulled out all the stops recruiting Jordan, and ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon detailed the role Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons played in the effort to recruit Jordan:
Parsons has been relentlessly recruiting Jordan for the last six weeks, probably calling and texting the third-team All-NBA center as much as he contacts his supermodel girlfriend. Parsons made a recent trip to Houston to hang with Jordan. Parsons hopped a flight to L.A. immediately after the draft to get more face time with Jordan as free agency approaches—and free agent shooting guard Wesley Matthews has also been spotted with them.
Despite his former team rolling out the red carpet and being able to offer more money, Jordan, as Woike pointed out, chose to become more of a focal point on both ends of the floor by choosing the Mavericks.
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