Clippers' Jordan to opt out

Chris Paul Kevin Durant

Chris Paul Kevin Durant

The Dallas Mavericks are widely expected to sign Jordan, who opted out of his $24.1 million contract for the 18-19 season.

According to a Friday report by the New York Times' Marc Stein, the Golden State Warriors "intend to at least explore their free-agent chances" with Jordan.

It appears that the both sides have moved on from the experience. The Clippers can offer him more money than any other team; it's just incredibly unlikely they do so.

Jordan played all 10 seasons of his career with the Clippers. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, then-teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each traveled to the center's home, staying there until he re-signed with the Clippers.

Circumstances are much different now, with the former All-Stars who helped persuade Jordan to stay no longer around. 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. Smith Jr. and Doncic can be the kick starters for a run and gun offense.

Jordan will fill a big need for the Mavericks. Now the billionaire wants to get the Mavericks back to winning as soon as possible. A long-term deal for Jordan, who turns 30 in July, would be a strong sign of that. He averaged 12 points per game last season.

The Warriors realize, however, their odds of landing him are slim.

Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement - Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. Dallas, one of few teams with significant salary-cap space, hopes to fast-track the rebuilding process and return to the playoffs this season. But the sixth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2013 never blossomed.

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