DeAndre Jordan Takes Max From Mavs; Clips In Quandry

by Fred Pahlke | Posted on Friday, July 3rd, 2015
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DeAndre Jordan Photo Credit: NBA

 

The Dallas Mavericks signed DeAndre Jordan today for a max contract of $80,000,000 for four years.  The Los Angeles Clippers lose one of the top centers in the league and the best rim protector in the Western Conference.  Jordan, originally from Texas, played his college ball at aTm and is excited to get back to his roots. Jordan retains a player option for the third year, allowing the highly coveted center to return to free agency in July 2018.

Jordan becomes the face of the Mavs franchise, making owner Mark Cubin pleased.

“We think he is going to be our best player for years to come,” Cubin told ESPN.com via CyberDust. “A franchise player for the rest of his career.”

The loss cripples the Clippers chances for the upper echelon of the Western conference. The third cog of the wheel for the LAC, Jordan becomes the inside presence that would have been missing with the departure of Tyson Chandler to Phoenix this summer. Reports of a riff between Clippers Chris Paul and Jordan cannot be dismissed, and the best the west coast franchise can do at center right now is Ekpe Udoh, a journey man with limited abilities. LAC is now in the hunt for a new post player.

A nice get for the Dallas Mavs and a devastating loss for the Los Angeles Clippers.

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