After years of wooing the Clippers Big man, the Dallas Mavericks have gotten DeAndre Jordan to commit to a deal for 1-year worth a $24.1 million. Jordan decided to opt-out of his final year with the Los Angeles Clippers and join the team he almost became a member of in 2015.
Jordan tweeted an emoji wearing a cowboy hat to signify his signing to the Texas-based franchise. Jordan himself is a native of Houston, so he won’t be too far from home.
— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) July 1, 2018
Fans might remember when DeAndre Jordan made a verbal agreement with Mark Cuban and the Mavericks front office to sign with the team but had a last minute change of heart and decided to stay in Los Angeles. With two of the original big 3 –Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both gone, Jordan’s departure seemed inevitable to be the next to leave the Doc Rivers coached team.
The former Texas A&M Aggie will finally give Dirk Nowitzki the Center he needs to thrive in the very competitive Western Conference. The future Hall of Famer and 30,000 career point scorer is reportedly re-working a new contract with the Mavericks after the Mavs organization declined Dirk’s team option.
The Mavericks aren’t just relying on free agency to be competitive. Mark Cuban and the Mavericks organization drafted NCAA star Point Guard Trae Young but then traded the former Oklahoma Sooner for a more seasoned overseas player Luka Doncic. The Mavs acquired Doncic from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the rights to Trae Young and a future first-round draft pick.
Coming into the draft, experts said that Doncic was probably the most prepared athlete in the draft given his professional experience overseas.
The 19-year-old Slovenian led his team to a championship in the Real Madrid Spanish League last season. The 6 foot 7 guard is expected to be a major asset to this franchise that is now 7 years removed from its last NBA championship title.