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May 8, 2015 Updates

Kimberly stands 6'2" and, like her oldest son, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, was a feared shot blocker. She played at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, where she met Hyland Jordan, and they had four boys. But they separated when the children were young, and Kimberly moved the family into her parents’ pink-and-white bungalow in Houston’s Third Ward. She worked as a receptionist at a medical clinic and at a dentist’s office. She bummed rides from friends who owned cars. Early on, she could only afford for one of her kids to play sanctioned sports, so she chose Cory, a promising pitcher. “People tell me they knew DeAndre would be great,” Kimberly says. “I tell them, ‘No you didn’t.’ He was horrible!” Sports Illustrated

DeAndre Jordan and Dwight Howard are no longer talking -- for now, at least. Before the Clippers played the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs, Jordan called Howard to ask for some advice on handling being hacked during games. But now that the Clippers are playing the Houston Rockets in the second round, the centers on both teams aren't quite as chatty. "I'm not going to be fond of someone who I'm elbowing and who's elbowing me for 48 minutes, you know what I mean," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

When Jordan was a freshman in high school, he met Howard at an NBA Top 50 camp and they became fast friends. "Even to this day we still talk about different things, about games," Jordan said before the second-round series began. "I watch him play, he watches me." The view is a little too close and personal now. "We're in each other's way, and that's all that matters," Jordan said Friday. "He's still a friend of mine. We don't talk now, it's just that time of the year." Regardless of who advances, Jordan thinks the two will recover their friendship in due time. "After the summer, we'll be cool again," Jordan said. Los Angeles Times

The Spurs, predictably, are more than smart enough to know they can't let this 23-year-old get away. As such, Leonard will likely agree to stay in San Antonio for the long-term quickly once July 1 rolls around (a five-year, $95 million deal would be the expected max). The question from there, of course, is whether or not San Antonio can convince another young star to come join him. The dream scenarios would include either Aldridge or Gasol heading for the Alamo City, but keep your eyes on Jordan as a sleeper candidate. His athleticism and defensive prowess would work well on a Spurs team that was already the league's third-best defensive team this season, and he would work extremely well with Tim Duncan if — as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich predicted in an interview with USA TODAY Sports back in early February — he decides to return for another season. USA Today Sports

"The team is great, the guys are good, we have great camaraderie," he told USA TODAY Sports of the Clippers in mid-March. "But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one. I want to experience it, to see what it's like." USA Today Sports

Aldridge made strong statements last summer about wanting to be a Blazer for life, but began to take a more measured stance in recent months while speculation grew that he planned on considering other options. Jordan, who the Clippers are expected to make a strong push to keep, made it clear that he's open to exploring other opportunities. "The team is great, the guys are good, we have great camaraderie," he told USA TODAY Sports of the Clippers in mid-March. "But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one. I want to experience it, to see what it's like." USA Today Sports

May 5, 2015 Updates

Deandre Jordan makes sense here on a lot of levels. He’s a younger, more explosive version of Chandler who should continue to smooth the edges of his defense. Jordan’s agent, Dan Fegan, is close with Mark Cuban. And Jordan is exactly the sort of player who might gamble on a short-term deal to reenter free agency again when the cap leaps. He’ll only turn 27 this summer, he never gets hurt, and he’s already banked more than $40 million from the Clippers. Changing teams on a short-term deal would still cost him some money, but if he times things right, he could reduce the shortfall to the point that it wouldn’t hurt — especially given the tax advantages Texas has over California. It gets trickier for any player who changes teams via a one-year deal, since they forfeit their own Bird rights — limiting the raises their incumbent team could offer. Signing a two- or three-year deal makes it easier. Grantland

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April 29, 2015 Updates

Another potential prize summer target for the Mavs: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who multiple sources say has made it clear through back channels that he will be extremely interested in coming to Dallas. Signing the 26-year-old Jordan, a dominant physical force who led the league in rebounding and field-goal percentage this season, would mean letting the 32-year-old Chandler leave again after another one-season stint with the Mavs. ESPN.com

Jordan had gone to the basket, looking for either the alley-oop or chance for an offensive rebound. But instead, he tipped in the ball while it was clearly still over the cylinder, voiding the bucket. The mistake cleared the path for the Spurs to get the win and take a 3-2 series lead. “I was just trying to make a play on the ball, but it ended up being a dumb play,” said Jordan, who admitted touching the ball. Even Clipper coach Doc Rivers said he thought it was the right call. NBCSports.com

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April 19, 2015 Updates

Jordan made only 39.7 percent of his free throws this season, making him one of the league’s most frequent targets of the intentional “hack.” “Hopefully, we won’t have to use that tactic,” Spurs guard Danny Green said after Friday’s practice session. “Hopefully, we play good basketball and aren’t in a position we have to use it.” Jordan fully expects to spend lots of time shooting playoff foul shots. “It’s happened all season, and I feel like a lot of the games that they’ve done it we’ve won,” Jordan told reporters in Los Angeles. “I’m not really worried about it. When it does happen, which I know it will, I’ll just go to the line and shoot the basketball. It’s not something that I’m dreading, but I’m prepared for it. I’m ready.” San Antonio Express-News

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