They reached out to representatives of DeAndre Jordan, letting them know of their strong desire to re-sign one of the NBA’s top defensive centers and a cornerstone of their bid to become NBA title contenders. The Clippers will make a more formal pitch Thursday afternoon at the Beverly Hills offices of Jordan’s agents at Relativity Sports. A contingent of executives including team owner Steve Ballmer and Coach Doc Rivers is scheduled to attend the meeting and show a video highlighting Jordan’s seven seasons with the Clippers and the benefits of staying put.
Jordan is not expected to drag out his decision long after the Clippers make the final presentation. Should Jordan decide on the Mavericks, who along with the Clippers are believed to be the co-favorites, the Clippers probably would try to execute a sign-and-trade exchange of centers involving Jordan and Tyson Chandler. In that scenario, the Clippers would replace Jordan, 26, with Chandler, which would be about the only way they could find a high-quality alternative given their severe salary cap restraints. Chandler, 32, is a former All-Star and NBA defensive player of the year who once played alongside Paul with the New Orleans Hornets.
The Dallas Mavericks had a pair of dinners with prominent free agents in Los Angeles as free agency opened at midnight ET Wednesday, meeting with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews, according to league sources. Sources told that small forward Chandler Parsons, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and owner Mark Cuban met with Jordan, who had a Wednesday morning meeting scheduled with the Mavs. The Mavs are attempting to persuade Jordan, a third-team All-NBA center who will receive a max contract, to leave the Clippers to be a focal point for the Mavs.
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