Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Dallas Mavericks and DeAndre Jordan have agreed on a one-year contract at roughly the $24.1 million the center was set to make with the Clippers next season. Jordan is both close friends with Kevin Durant, and a former client of Bob Myers, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. Jordan's presence also could mean Nowitzki comes off the bench in what is expected to be his record 21st season with the same franchise.
DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers grabs the rebound against the Golden State Warriors on January 10, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.
Jordan averaged 12 points and.9 blocks while setting a new career high in rebounds (15.2) per game.
Nine minutes after free agency began, Jordan tweeted the all-important smiley-face-wearing-a-Cowboy-hat emoji.
Earlier today, it was reported the Clippers were awaiting Jordan's decision, which had to be made by 11:59 ET tonight. He went from an unheralded second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2009 to become one of the best big men in the league. Jordan has expressed his interest in being the next center for the Dallas Mavericks.
The Clippers tried but failed to send Jordan to the Mavericks in a sign-and-trade deal after they dealt guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards in exchange for center Marcin Gortat on Tuesday.
The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction, with 2017 first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. joined by another player who will begin his National Basketball Association career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic.
The Mavericks remain the favorites to sign Jordan. He averaged 12.0 points per game.