DeAndre Jordan Rumors: Mavs Willing to Forgive Clippers Star, Offer Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2018

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan walks off the court after losing to the Denver Nuggets 134-115 during an NBA basketball game Saturday, April 7, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)
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In the summer of 2015, star center DeAndre Jordan verbally committed to the Dallas Mavericks in free agency, only to change his mind at the last minute and re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

But the past is the past, and if Jordan opts out of his contract this offseason and becomes a free agent, the Mavericks would be willing to bury the hatchet and bring him aboard.

According to Mike Fisher of 247Sports: "The Mavs have, a source tells me, decided to let bygones bygones. And why? Well, they do need a center."

They'll have options in that pursuit, as Fisher wrote:

"The interest in DeMarcus Cousins is not what outsiders think it is. The last time I asked the Mavs about Dwight Howard, the actual response was, 'Not with a 10-foot pole,' so I'm not going to ask again. And Houston's Clint Capela? We're still trying to figure out why the Rockets won't simply match-and-retain the restricted standout. Nerlens Noel? How many times do the Mavs want to keep making mistakes on the same guy?"

Other possibilities for the Mavericks, per Fisher, are Julius Randle, Derrick Favors (though the Mavs reportedly want to "do better" than Favors) or even trading for a player like Nikola Vucevic, Hassan Whiteside or taking on Marcin Gortat if they're able to trade for Bradley Beal.

There will be options, though Jordan may not even ultimately be one of them. If he opts into his $24.1 million player option for the 2018-19 season, per Spotrac, the team's willingness to forgive him for his change of heart in the 2015 offseason will be a moot point.

That summer, Jordan had felt the relationship between he and many of his teammates, most notably Chris Paul, had become strained and was never addressed by the organization. And after being thoroughly wined and dined by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and forward Chandler Parsons, Jordan gave them a verbal agreement he would sign in Dallas.

But he had second thoughts, and the Clippers eventually mended the relationship and re-signed him.

This time around, Jordan's decision will be a different one. If he opts out, will any team offer the 29-year-old center a max contract extension? There aren't many teams with both cap space and the need for a center. If the Mavericks go in a different direction, Jordan may not find a pay raise on the market from the $24.1 million he can make next season. 

It's another fascinating offseason for Jordan, and another decision that will likely involve consideration of the Mavericks. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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