Mavs, Jordan exploring possibilities

Tanya Simon
July 1, 2018

Marc Stein of the New York Times reports that the Mavericks are exploring trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Clippers for the 29-year-old center. The Mavericks and Jordan, who turns 30 in July, had an engagement broken in 2015, when the two sides had agreed to a free-agent contact before Jordan spurned Dallas in emoji-gate and rejoined the Clippers for one last championship run with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. So, do not be surprised if Jordan is not a Maverick when all the dust settles.

After hearing about the center's agreement to join the Mavs, the Los Angeles Clippers made a last-ditch attempt to sabotage it and convince him to stay in LA.

In the end, they were successful as the big man reneged on his deal with the Mavericks and signed an extension with the Clippers instead.

Jordan would be a valuable asset to the current Mavs and could improve their roster greatly as a starting center, adding defense as well as relevance to the team, in perhaps Dirk Nowitzki's final year.

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He averaged 12 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks last season while shooting 64.5 percent from the field.

But it appears that owner Mark Cuban is prepared to move on from that drama and let bygones be bygones.

Jordan would anchor a young, dynamic team that contains Dennis Smith Jr., Luka Doncic, and Harrison Barnes. If not, Dallas would be forced to pursue Jordan yet again on the free-agent market.

Jordan has a deadline of Friday at 11:59 p.m.

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