Updated 09:11 PM EST, Wed, Dec 08, 2021

NBA Free Agency Update: Dallas Mavericks Likely the Top Contender for LA Clippers' DeAndre Jordan

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One of the many high profile free agents in the NBA offseason is LA Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. He will enter free agency on July 1 and it is expected that he will receive several lucrative offers coming from various NBA teams, LA Times reported.

His current team is expected to put down a big offer in the hopes of retaining the NBA All-Defensive first team center. After the team's second round exit in the 2015 playoffs, new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is dead-set on rebuilding his team to make a longer run in next year's postseason.

A source from inside the NBA told LA Times that the LA Lakers, Dallas Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks are all also very interested in acquiring Jordan.

DeAndre Jordan is one of several big men starters to go into free agency this year, alongside LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Jordan posted a double double average for the 2015 regular season with 11.5 points, 15 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1 steal and 2.2 blocks per game. He is currently number one overall in rebounding and number four in blocks, according to data from NBA.com.

League sources told ESPN.com that Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks are in the frontline in the DeAndre Jordan acquisition. The Mavericks' small forward Chandler Parsons visited Jordan in Houston last weekend and followed him through to LA, in the hopes of recruiting him to the Texas team.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is known for his go-getter attitude when it comes to pursuing free agents. Last year, he held Chandler Parson's contract signing in a Dallas superclub.

The LA Clippers front office staff, through coach Doc Rivers, made it clear that they have all the intention to re-sign Jordan, even going as far as saying they are willing to offer him a maximum contract - a compensation package only offered to the best of the best in the league.

"There's going to be a lot of teams [coming after him], and if they're not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there," said Rivers. "There's going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money. There's a lot of them that don't, thank God. That helps us."

Jordan's maximum deal is pegged at $108 million for five years, an offer the Clippers are willing to make. Jordan played his entire career so far with the Clippers.

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