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Los Angeles Clippers star center DeAndre Jordan did not exercise his $24.1 million player option and will test free agency, per the Clippers' Twitter account.

This is also possibly a move in anticipation of DeAndre Jordan's arrival in Dallas, three years after snubbing the Mavericks in a controversial flip-flopping.

In July 2015, he verbally agreed to join the Mavs on a four-year, $80 million contract during the moratorium period before contracts could be officially signed. He could've opt in and mdke $24.1 million next season, but he made a decision to become an unrestricted free agent, giving him a plethora of teams to choose from.

Stein reported that the Mavericks were unwilling to give up assets in a trade with the Clippers.




Jordan and the Mavericks aren't allowed to discuss or negotiate a deal until free agency begins at 12:01 a.m. ET Sunday, but both sides are well past Jordan's change of heart on a Dallas free-agency commitment in 2015 and prepared to partner together, league sources said. Stein does add though that Jordan would have to take a big paycut to sign with the Warriors and that the Dallas Mavericks are still the favorites to sign him.

Even though Dallas declined Dirk Nowitzki's player option, the Mavs plan on resigning the veteran big man.

Jordan will have to give up a shade under $20 million next year to chase a near-guaranteed National Basketball Association championship, due to the Warriors' payroll already locked up on the aforementioned All-Stars. He is a native of the state and starred at Texas A&M before being drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 Draft.

DJ, who had spent his entire 10-year career with the organisation, averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds per game this past campaign.


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