DeAndre Jordan opts out of deal with Clippers


DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Dallas Mavericks on November 1, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Nowitzki could be entering his final National Basketball Association season.

DeAndre Jordan #6 of the LA Clippers grabs the rebound against the Golden State Warriors on January 10, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.

Jordan even showed improvement as a free throw shooter last season with a career-high 58 percent success rate.

Nine minutes after free agency began, Jordan tweeted the all-important smiley-face-wearing-a-Cowboy-hat emoji.

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While many teams have already qualified for the next round of the tournament, the fates of some other groups are yet to be decided.

Word of Jordan's decision was brought to the masses by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported Jordan's pending free agency on Friday evening. At the last moment, the Los Angeles Clippers camped out at Jordan's house, while persuading Jordan to reverse his choice to join the Dallas Mavericks and officially sign a new deal with the franchise. They are expected to be major players in 2019, though, when they're projected to have up to $50 million in order to sign free agents in a class that's expected to be deeper and more talented than this one.

It is no secret that Dallas got a huge improvement when they verbally agreed with Jordan this morning. Smith Jr. and Doncic can be the kick starters for a run and gun offense. Milos Teodosic exercised his option on next season, but the Clippers could waive the native of Serbia before July 16, when his deal becomes fully guaranteed.

If we had to bet, Jordan will likely take the big payday, and Dallas will finally have their man. He averaged 12 points per game last season.

The 6-foot-11 Jordan has averaged at least 12 points each of the past three years.