Former Los Angeles clipper center DeAndre Jordan joined the Dallas Mavericks today when he agreed in principle to a four-year $80 million dollar maximum contract. Also joining Jordan today with the Mavericks is former Portland Trail Blazers swing man Wesley Matthews on a four year deal that could be worth about $52 million dollars.
LAC free agent center DeAndre Jordan plans to announce that he will be signing with the Mavericks early this evening, a source told Yahoo.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
ESPN sources say DeAndre Jordan is on verge of accepting Mavs’ four-year, $80M+ max offer. Dallas firmly in lead and decision likely today
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2015
The Jordan signing comes as a bit of a surprise, he’s potentially leaving a better situation with the Los Angeles Clippers. He just had a career year averaging 11.5 points per game while pulling down 15 rebounds per game and shot over 70 percent from the field. Jordan played the third wheel in the Clippers “big 3” along with Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Multiple reports came out during the season and post season of a rift between Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. Whether those reports were true or not, DeAndre made his decision to join the Dallas Mavericks.
Jordan signed with the Mavs for the chance to become a franchise guy in Dallas, where he will team up with Dirk Nowitzki and Chandler Parsons to make up one of the better front courts in the league. He should provide rim protection and rebounding which Dallas struggled with last season, while on offense being the dive man on pick and rolls like Tyson Chandler was for the Mavs last season. Chandler signed with the Phoenix Suns in free agency, to provide the same service for them.
While Jordan is a slight risk because of his perceived offensive woes, Wes Matthews comes with a bigger risk as he is coming off of a torn Achilles. Matthews tore his achilles March 5th of last season but when healthy Matthews is one of the best 3 and D wings in the NBA. Prior to the injury last season, Mathews averaged 15.4 points per game while shooting 39% from beyond the arc on 7.4 attempts per game.
If healthy Matthews should provide the Mavericks with superb defense and floor spacing, Matthews is also a adequate post up player strong enough to post up smaller defenders. The Mavericks shouldn’t be done with moves this off season they sport a very thin bench right now. DeAndre Jordan signing with the Mavs also leaves the Los Angles Clippers scrambling to find some sort of a replacement for a guy who for them just might be irreplaceable, at least for this season. The Clippers have very little flexibility to sign a guy outright, they do still have a MLE(mid-level exception) and they don’t really have the assets to get one in a trade. The Clippers could be ok after this season they have what could be around 30 million in cap next year.