Unrestricted free agent Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is meeting with four teams: The Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, per USA TODAY's Sam Amick. A Los Angeles Times June 28 update says the Milwaukee Bucks are also interested.
As the start of NBA free agency looms, unrestricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan has several teams on his radar.
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League sources told USA TODAY's Sam Amick on June 28 that Jordan is set to meet with at least four teams. Among these are the Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks.
Amick says the meetings are expected to take place at Los-Angeles based Relativity Sports, whose two agents, Dan Fegan and Happy Walters, represent Jordan.
The Milwaukee Bucks are also interested in Jordan, but one of Amick's sources told him on Sunday they are "a long shot" at getting him.
However, The Los Angeles Times (via ESPN) confirmed Jordan will meet with the Bucks sometime this week. The report claims there is a brewing rift between Jordan and All-Star point guard Chris Paul which could result in the former leaving Los Angeles.
The Mavericks will meet with Jordan and his representatives on July 1 while the Knicks and Clippers will meet them the day after. The Lakers have yet to set a schedule for their meeting with Jordan and his camp, per USA TODAY.
Jordan, who is hoping to make a final decision late this week, told Amick back in March testing the free-agent market is what's best for him at this point of his career:
"I mean I've obviously (in Los Angeles) seven years, and the past two have been great. (Clippers head coach) Doc (Rivers) has been my biggest supporter and the best coach I've ever had. The team is great.
"The guys are good. We have great camaraderie. But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one.
"I want to experience it, to see what it's like, because before (in 2011) I was (a) restricted (free agent) so I just kind of had to wait it out. But I definitely want to experience it. I'm happy being a Clipper, I love it here.
"I've been here seven years, so this is definitely what I'm used to."
Rivers, who is also the Clippers' president of basketball operations, has made it clear the team is set to offer Jordan a maximum, five-year deal worth $109 million, per USA TODAY. Other teams will only be able to offer him a four-year contract with a maximum value of $81 million.
Despite this assurance, Amick says there has been speculation Jordan might be better off playing somewhere else.
Should Jordan decide to play for a different team, Amick stresses the Clippers will have $61 million committed to players who are under contract. With a salary cap that's expected to be $68 million for the 2015-16 NBA season, the team will be hard-pressed to replace him at the center position.
According to the USA TODAY update, the Mavericks are the leading candidates to lock up Jordan to a long-term deal. However, it remains to be seen if they can actually get him knowning they are also interested in acquiring another unrestricted free agent, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon confirmed the Mavericks as the Clippers' No. 1 threat in luring Jordan away from Los Angeles.
MacMahon says Dallas forward Chandler Parsons, who is also represented by Relativity Sports and Fegan, visited Joran in his hometown of Houston last weekend. Parsons then flew to Los Angeles after the 2015 NBA draft on Thursday to spend more time with Jordan.
Spotted hanging out with Chandler Parsons and DeAndre Jordan in LA this week: free agent SG Wesley Matthews.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 29, 2015
Parsons helped the Houston Rockets recruit Dwight Howard when he played for that team two years ago. Howard is another client of Fegan, per MacMahon.
If the Mavericks are unable to sign Jordan, they will try to re-sign Tyson Chandler, per ESPN Dallas.
For his part, Chandler told MacMahon at Dirk Nowitzki's annual charity baseball game in Frisco, Tx. on June 27 he doesn't feel slighted with the Mavericks' pursuit of Jordan:
"No, because business is business.
"At the end of the day, I get it. The franchise (has) to make the best decision for the franchise. Of course, I still feel like I can go, still have a lot to give.
"But at the end of the day, I feel like I'll make the best decision for myself and my family and the Mavericks will make the best decision for the organization."
The 26-year-old Jordan has averaged 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 515 career regular-season games for the Los Angeles Clippers, per ESPN stats.
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