Dallas Mavericks set to chase DeAndre Jordan after opt out

Dallas Mavericks set to chase DeAndre Jordan after opt out

Players are eligible to sign with new teams beginning July 6.

Jordan and the Mavericks are not allowed to negotiate a deal until free agency officially begins on Sunday.

Dallas will pursue other centers in free agency this offseason as they have been trying to make a move for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who just made a decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

In the summer of 2015, Jordan verbally committed to signing a four-year deal with Dallas in free agency, but changed his mind shortly before the moratorium period ended.

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If he decided not to opt in, Jordan would hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. Instead, he's anticipated to sign a new deal worth around $4.4 million or $600,000 cheaper than what he could've made if the Mavs didn't cancel his initial salary for next season.

Jordan had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday night to opt in or out of his deal. The Clippers can offer him more money than any other team; it's just incredibly unlikely they do so. 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. The 29-year-old averaged 12.0 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds last season.

Jordan had a player option on the final year of his contract.