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. A long-term deal for Jordan, who turns 30 in July, would be a strong sign of that.
Per the Times, the Mavericks did not want to surrender draft compensation in a trade, preferring to pursue Jordan via free agency. He had one year left on his deal that would have paid him $24.1 million for the coming season.
If Jordan decides to opt in, Dallas can trade for him before free agency begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. Stein reports that veteran swingman Wes Matthews and his $18.7 million contract will likely be the centerpiece of any offer.
Earlier today, it was reported the Clippers were awaiting Jordan's decision, which had to be made by 11:59 ET tonight.
Jordan will fill a big need for the Mavericks.
Centers in Rick Carlisle's offense have done well for most part.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refused to accept an apology from Jordan after the reversal, but later said he was moving on and never ruled out acquiring a player despite what was seen as a betrayal.
If Ryan Spalding, Kostas Antetokounmpo or Duop Reath get pushed up from the Summer League roster, Jordan can mentor the young forwards as the develop their game in the National Basketball Association.