Updated 01:01 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 22, 2021

DeAndre Jordan Leaves Clippers & Signs 4-Year $80M Deal With Mavericks

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Free agent and center DeAndre Jordan has decided to leave the Los Angeles Clippers to be part of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to ESPN sources, Jordan has inked a four-year contract with the Mavericks which is reportedly worth around $80 million. This agreement also includes a player option for him after his third season with the team to become a free agent again.

As for the reason why he left the Clippers, the same report said that Jordan wanted to be the Mavs' new franchise player and return to Texas.

"We think he is going to be our best player for years to come. A franchise player for the rest of his career," Mavs owner Mark Cuban said in the ESPN report.

Meanwhile, a USA Today report explained that the signing of the agreement will not be formalised until July 9, when the free agency moratorium has been lifted.

Jordan is known for his skills in the defensive end but his offensive attacks were also considered the key for the Clippers' performance for the past season.

"He became a major piece of their championship-contending puzzle with point guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin also leading the way," noted the USA Today report.

With this being said, Jordan's departure from the Clippers is a huge hit to the team, while his transfer to the Mavericks is expected to be a great help for the team.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers could be facing a hard time in finding a replacement for Jordan. In a Los Angeles Times report, it was noted that Rivers was not happy with his star player's decision as reflected by a tweet of his son Spencer.

"If true I don't see why someone signs with a team that might not make playoffs and have 0% chance of winning a championship. Hope he does well and of course I'm mad he left lol am I supposed to be happy," the younger Rivers' tweet read.

This could be understandable especially with the notable performance of Jordan for the past season with him averaging 11.5 points, 71 percent field goal and 15 rebounds.

The player helped his former team advance to the Western Conference finals season for the first time in 45 years.

Making this deal, USA Today said Jordan is their second free agent after the Mavs also signed an agreement with former Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews though his payment has reportedly not yet finalized prior to Jordan's signing. The same report, however, said that a source with knowledge on the matter dished that Matthews could be seeing a four-year deal worth $57 million.

In the coming days, these deals with be finalized and announced by the respective teams and are expected to create major changes in the league.

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