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.
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.