Sob City, indeed.
Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has reportedly chosen Dallas over the LA Clippers, and is on the verge of signing a four-year deal in excess of $80 million.
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
Free agent center DeAndre Jordan has informed Mavs owner Mark Cuban & coach Rick Carlisle he is coming to Dallas, sources told Yahoo Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 3, 2015
Jordan is looking to get out from under Chris Paul and Blake Griffin’s shadow, and now he’ll have his chance to shine brightly in Texas.
Sources said that Jordan and the Mavericks are nearing agreement on a four-year max contract worth in excess of $80 million that includes a player option after the third season to allow the highly coveted free-agent center to return to free agency in July 2018.
The chance to be featured as the Mavericks’ new franchise player and return to Texas after playing in college at Texas A&M, sources say, is leading Jordan to leave the Clippers, with whom he has been consistently cast as a third wheel behind L.A. stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
In their pitch to Jordan earlier this week, Dallas included taped messages from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and star wide receiver Dez Bryant, playing to Jordan’s well-known fandom of the Cowboys, and Bryant in particular.