LA Clippers Center DeAndre Jordan has disabled the player option of $ 24.1 million for his contract for the 2018-19 season, and league sources ESPN said the decision paves the way for him to sign a free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks.
Jordan and the Mavericks are not allowed to discuss or negotiate a deal until the free agency starts at 1
The Mavericks have denied the team franchise Dirk Nowitzki $ 5 million. Cap space for her prosecution of the DeAndre Jordan free agent center, a source confirmed.
Over the last few days, the Clippers and Mavericks have been unable to move to Jordan for a sign-and-trade deal with Dallas, but the Mavericks have $ 27 million in Salar y-cap space – and the ability to to create more – to sign Jordan and possibly add more in free agency.
Dallas also rejected Dirk Nowitzki's $ 5 million option on Friday
Jordan had until 23:59. ET Friday to make a decision as to whether the option should be exercised. Shortly after the deadline expired, the Clippers tweeted a "Thanks, @DeAndre !!!"
Jordan, who turns 30 on July 21, spent all 10 of his seasons with the Clippers. He averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds per game in the past season.
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The last time that Jordan was a free agent, the triple All-NBA flagship 2015 was re-signed with the Clippers after an intense back-and-forth between the Clippers and Mavericks.
After initially agreeing to sign a four-year deal with the Mavericks, Jordan changed his mind with the help of Clippers teammates Chris Paul and his coach Doc Rivers and returned to LA for a four-year contract for $ 87 million , Rivers, Paul, and some of Jordan's former teammates visited his home in Houston to persuade him to return.
Now Jordan is free to join the Mavericks or any other team as a free agent.
Last year, the Clippers Lob City group disbanded when the roster was overhauled. Last June, the Clippers exchanged Paul for the Houston Rockets. Then, after re-signing Blake Griffin in a freelance agency, Los Angeles distributed him to the Detroit Pistons in January.
The Clippers were preparing for Jordan's opportunity to continue their long-standing game in the middle by buying Center Marcin Gortat in a deal with the Washington Wizards for Austin Rivers earlier this week. Gortat, 34, has one more year at $ 13.6 million, giving the Clippers a veteran starter in the middle.
ESPN's ohm Youngmisuk contributed to this report.