DeAndre Jordan to opt-out of Clippers contract; Mavericks to pursue

LSU forward Duop Reath walks out onto the courts before the game against Mississippi State in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge La. Saturday

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So Jordan is going to opt out of the $24.1 million final year of his contract with the Clippers and become a free agent.

Jordan, who will turn 30 on July 21, had spent all 10 of his seasons with the Clippers.

If he decided not to opt in, Jordan would hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement - Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16.

After wallowing in mediocrity last season in which they finished with a 24-58 record, the Mavericks are poised to have a bounce-back campaign, especially if Jordan will get signed by Dallas.

Jordan had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to make a decision on whether to exercise the option.

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The Mavericks have declined Dirk Nowitzki's $5 million team option, according to The New York Times.

Jordan will fill a big need for the Mavericks.

Three years later, Jordan once again has a chance to end up in Texas.

Jordan, who was second in the National Basketball Association at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has always been a weakness for a franchise that hasn't won a playoff series since winning its first National Basketball Association title in 2011.

If Ryan Spalding, Kostas Antetokounmpo or Duop Reath get pushed up from the Summer League roster, Jordan can mentor the young forwards as the develop their game in the National Basketball Association.

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