The Los Angeles Clippers traded for a center on Tuesday night, moving Austin Rivers to Washington in exchange for veteran big man Marcin Gortat. The move made sense for both teams - and also seemed to signal the end of the DeAndre Jordan era in L.A.
A trade featuring DeAndre Jordan appears to be imminent and the Clippers seem to have found a suitor - the Dallas Mavericks.
Marc Stein of the New York Times is reporting that the Clippers and Mavericks are "closing in" on a trade featuring Jordan.
Jordan had previously considered signing with the Mavericks in free agency back in 2014, but backed out of a verbal agreement at the last minute.
The Dallas Mavericks are actively exploring trade possibilities with the Los Angeles Clippers and the former All-N.B.A. center DeAndre Jordan in hopes of finding a workable deal to acquire Jordan this week, according to two people familiar with the discussions.
Three years after Jordan’s controversial decision to back out of a verbal commitment to sign with the Mavericks — choosing instead to stay with the Clippers — Dallas is spending the final few days before the start of free agency trying to execute a trade for Jordan, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the trade talks publicly.
Jordan will have to opt into the final year of his contract with Los Angeles in order to facilitate a trade to Dallas. He has a player option for the 2018-19 season for $24.1 million.
Dallas, which traded for Luka Doncic during the 2018 NBA Draft, is in need of a big man and planned to pursue one this summer.