LA Clippers rumors have the team re-signing DeAndre Jordan. Jordan was leaving the Clippers for the Dallas Mavericks, but a last second effort has convinced the free agent to stay in Los Angeles. A report from Yahoo! Sports confirms this change of fate for the Clippers and Mavericks, likely shocking NBA fans across the country.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, DeAndre Jordan had already agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal from the Mavericks. He was about to become one of the biggest free agent acquisitions of the NBA offseason, but it seems that in the last 48 hours of the non-signing period, things have changed dramatically. This leaves the Mavs with no center and the Clippers suddenly become true championship contenders again.
There are other interesting wrinkles in these LA Clippers rumors, and it includes what team president Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer are doing. River and Ballmer are camped out in the home of DeAndre Jordan, making sure that they convince him to sign at the first possible moment (12:01 a.m. ET) on July 9. It’s a good move, because it doesn’t allow Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to get back into the negotiations.
As was reported by the Los Angeles Times back on July 1, former Mavericks center Tyson Chandler signed with the Phoenix Suns as a free agent. He didn’t feel that the team was showing him enough interest in its pursuit of Jordan, so he took the money and ran. Now that will look like a huge mistake for the Mavericks, because not only are they not getting Jordan, there isn’t even an option to fall back to Chandler any longer.
This might end up being the most shocking piece of news to come out of the NBA offseason, even more so than LaMarcus Aldridge signing with the San Antonio Spurs. It really looked like Jordan was done in Los Angeles and that a perceived rift between himself and Chris Paul couldn’t be overcome. Paul and Blake Griffin took it upon themselves to get into contact with Jordan over the past few days, and apparently it paid off in a big way. The team has its center back and is suddenly a real threat to the Spurs in the Western Conference again.
It looks like the DeAndre Jordan contract will be worth more than $110 million over the next five years. Details about options within the deal haven’t been revealed, but it is clear that the team has locked up a value piece for the long-term. These Los Angeles Clippers rumors are huge, and anyone going to bed early on the east coast is in for a shock in the morning.
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