HoopsHype DeAndre Jordan rumors


May 28, 2015 Updates

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers believes Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan have a good relationship and that both players, along with Blake Griffin, understand they need each other to ultimately win a championship and want to win one together. "I can put this to rest: They get along great," Rivers told Fred Roggin of The Beast 980 on Thursday. "Clearly, like everybody, they don't get along all the time, and they don't get along with me all the time, either, by the way. I don't see that as an issue. I think all three, and I'm including Blake in this as well, understand how important the other guy is to them. Meaning, they all three need each other to win, and I think all three get that and all three know that and all three want to do it together. To me, that's the most important thing." ESPN.com

Rivers noted that both Griffin and Jordan are 26 and entering the prime of their careers and that Michael Jordan and LeBron James didn't win their first titles until they were 27. "We're right on schedule," Rivers said. "We're on schedule. We would have liked to have been ahead a little bit, obviously. We thought we would have at least been in the West finals the way we were playing." ESPN.com

May 27, 2015 Updates

Of course, the Clippers would prefer to keep DeAndre Jordan, the third-team All-NBA big man who ranks right up there with perennial All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as the Mavs’ top targets in free agency. However, Jordan intends to consider all of his options and has privately made it clear that he’s highly intrigued by the possibility of coming to Dallas as a featured attraction for the Mavs. A sign-and-trade swap of the centers (Tyson Chandler-DeAndre Jordan), which has been mentioned in Mavs front-office offseason brainstorming sessions, would make a lot of sense for all of the involved parties. Jordan has all the leverage in this situation. If he decides to leave Lob City, Clippers coach and president of basketball operations Doc Rivers would be crazy not to cooperate in this scenario. It’s the only way the Clippers could get a legitimate replacement for Jordan next season. ESPN.com

Dallas would insist that the Clippers also take reserve point guard Raymond Felton, who was the Tyson Tax in last summer’s trade with the New York Knicks. Felton earned a lot of respect from the Mavs with his approach last season, when the longtime starter stayed ready despite playing sparingly, but they’d still like to dump his $3.9 million salary after he officially exercises his player option for next season. ESPN.com

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Jordan is the only major impact signing the Clippers can make this summer, and the team knows it. “We don’t need to go and get a max player, except for the one we have,” Rivers said. “... DJ loves it here. We know that, but you can’t take that for granted. There’s going to be a lot of teams (that want him), and if they’re not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there. There’s going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money.” Orange County Register

You’d think that would do it, especially with Commissioner Adam Silver sending up trial balloons, saying there will be a “full-throated discussion.” Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” Forbes.com

May 18, 2015 Updates

Unfortunately, not everyone agrees it’s an issue. In fact, team officials who do may be in the minority. “Change the rule? For what?” asked an Eastern Conference GM who is on the NBA’s Competition Committee. “For DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard? Learn to shoot free throws.” A league source says that almost 80% of this season’s hacking was done to five players: Jordan, Andre Drummond of Detroit and Howard, Josh Smith and Joey Dorsey of Houston. Forbes.com

Dwain Price: DeAndre Jordan becomes a FA on July 1 and can make $108.3 mill over 5 yrs with the #Clippers, or $80.7 mill over 4 yrs with other teams. If DeAndre Jordan decides to sign a FA contract with the #Mavs, they have an excellent FT shooting coach in Gary Boren who can help him. Rajon Rondo's FT% this season went from 33.3% in 22 games with the #Celtics to 45.2% in 46 games with the #Mavs. It was an improvement. Twitter @DwainPrice

The Dallas Mavericks are expected to make a strong push for Jordan, who would essentially be a younger version of the Mavs' current defensive anchor Tyson Chandler. The Lakers would likewise love to steal Jordan away from their Staples Center rival. Portland has enough cap space to re-sign LaMarcus Aldridge and make a max offer to Jordan -- who has a similar but far superior skill set to Robin Lopez -- but he'd just be trading one third-fiddle spot for another in that scenario. No other team can offer Jordan more than four years, $80.7 million. But the 26-year-old center could also decide to sign a two-year deal with a player option on the second year to take advantage of the ballooning salary-cap in 2016. If he were to opt out after that first season, then re-sign for five more seasons, Jordan could make $162.6 million over the next six seasons. ESPN.com

Jordan, who finished sixth in the NBA in WARP, is expected to be offered a max contract of five years for $108.7 million by the Clippers this summer, according to sources. Jordan, 26, could decide to spurn that offer and sign a four-year, $80.7 million deal elsewhere. He also could sign a one-year deal with a player option for the second. If he plays well then he could opt out of the second year and cash in when the cap rises to $90 million. If he does that, he would make $18.9 million next season and then be in line to sign a five-year, $143.7 million max contract the following year. ESPN.com

DeAndre Jordan wouldn't even let a reporter finish a question about his future before interrupting. "I'm not a free agent until July," Jordan said flatly Sunday evening. Los Angeles Times

If Jordan agreed to a maximum five-year contract with the Clippers for an estimated $108.3 million, it would severely restrict the team's ability to upgrade its bench, barring trades. That scenario would leave the Clippers with only the so-called mini-mid-level exception of $3.37 million per year for up to three years plus a slew of veteran's minimum contracts. Los Angeles Times

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