DeAndre Jordan will opt out of contract, will become a free agent

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Despite trade speculation a year ago, the Clippers kept Jordan and narrowly missed out on making the playoffs.

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

The Mavericks are zeroing in on acquitting Jordan, after the center reportedly opted out of the final year of his contract, worth $24.1 million, with the L.A. Clippers.

He could've opt in and mdke $24.1 million next season, but he made a decision to become an unrestricted free agent, giving him a plethora of teams to choose from. In an earlier report, the Mavs decided not to exercise their option on Nowitzki for the 2018-19 season to make $5 million more salary cap space, interpreted by many as a maneuver made in anticipation of Jordan's eventual arrival to the team's fold. Heavily linked to Dallas, Jordan could very well sign with the team over the next few days. After having a successful rookie season, Smith Jr. could develop into a Chris Paul type player with Jordan around.

Jordan, who turns 30 on July 21, averaged 12.0 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 blocked shots in 77 games last season, all starts.

On Tuesday, the Clippers traded guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat.

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