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It’s official: DeAndre Jordan has re-signed with Clippers; Mavericks are screwed


We’ve known this was coming for hours, ever since Blake Griffin barricaded the door (that was a joke people):

DeAndre Jordan has officially re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, something the team announced on Twitter.

Or, fittingly today, if you prefer the news in emoji form, here it is complete with a new grade from J.J. Redick.

This is a four-year max deal for $87.7 million with an opt-out after three years, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today. So, the argument this was about the money or security goes out the window, Jordan took the same deal Dallas was offering just with larger raises (but more state taxes).

Five days ago Jordan announced he had chosen the Dallas Mavericks over the Clippers and the reason was he felt wanted — the Clippers had taken him for granted, they didn’t feature him enough in the offense, and all the glory went to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. Jordan felt CP3 dismissed him. Dallas promised him a larger role, showed him he was wanted, told him he would be featured.

But a few days later, Jordan — who was always torn on his choice — started to have buyer’s remorse. He let Doc Rivers and some Clippers players know that. He said (or at least the Clippers’ spin) he felt is agent Dan Fegan — who has an excellent relationship with Cuban — pushed him to Dallas. (Sources close to the agent deny this.)

With the NBA’s moratorium at the start of free agency — eight days where teams and players could negotiate but no binding deal can be signed — a desperate Clippers team had an opening.

The Clippers decided to make a push to get Jordan to change his mind, and it led to one of the wildest days of free agency ever. Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer, plus Paul, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick and Paul Pierce flew to Houston to meet with Jordan. Mark Cuban and Chandler Parsons from the Mavs tried to get there too. There was a hysterical emoji travel showdown.

The Clippers got their meeting, Chris Paul was apparently very emotional and said he thought he and Jordan were brothers and he wanted to make any perceived slights right. But by then, Jordan had already made up his mind. He didn’t need much persuading. The Clippers players started playing cards and hanging out. There were video game contests.

But they wouldn’t leave until Jordan signed the papers. The Clippers stayed until midnight Eastern, and Jordan never even took a call or spoke to Cuban.

There is going to be a lot of fall out. There were a lot of signings agreed to, and deals made as a cascade effect of Jordan saying he would go to Dallas, and it’s not just Cuban who is an angry owner. Other teams did not like how this went down. Expect some push to change the moratorium system.

On the court, Dallas is screwed as they have no recourse to begin to fill in the role Jordan was to play, the top free agents are off the bord. They had Jordan and Wesley Matthews (who is still signing with the Mavs) but if they had not gotten those two free agents to come to Dallas, Cuban has said Dallas night have stripped it down and gone for the draft pick this year. Now, instead, they are a pretty good team, but in the West pretty good is first round and out. At best. More than likely the Mavs are in the lottery.

There is going to be a lot of hatred for the Clippers and Jordan, who went back on his word. The first game in Dallas is going to be a deafening set of boos. Jordan brought all of that on himself.

The Clippers do not care. They got their guy and with him they are legit title contenders. Chris Paul summed it up this way.

"Believe only half of what you see, and nothing that you hear" -Edgar Allan Poe

A photo posted by Chris Paul (@cp3) on


Report: Wesley Matthews will sign with Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan or not

Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

Wesley Matthews agreed to sign with the Mavericks.

But so did DeAndre Jordan, and we’ve seen where that has gone.

Has Jordan’s likely defection back to the Clippers affected Matthews?

Jason Quick of The Oregonian:

Wesley Matthews says he will sign with the Dallas Mavericks regardless if center DeAndre Jordan changes his mind and returns to the Los Angeles Clippers, sources close to the player told The Oregonian/Oregonlive.

Matthews could always change his mind. As everyone knows by know, commitments made during the moratorium aren’t binding.

But Matthews sticking with Dallas makes sense for several reasons:

1. Players rarely renege on deals agreed upon during the moratorium. Jordan doesn’t change that norm.

2. Matthews agreed to sign before Jordan “committed” in the first place.

3. Matthews might not have a better offer waiting elsewhere. The Kings were the other known interested team, and they’ve spent their cap room on Rajon Rondo, Kosta Koufos and Marco Belinelli.

4. Matthews will probably make more now that the Mavericks don’t have to pay Jordan. He was slated to get $57 million over four years, according NBA.com’s David Aldridge, who implied that number was reduced to fit Jordan.

Jeremy Lin indicates he’ll sign with Hornets

Los Angeles Lakers v Charlotte Hornets

Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Yup, that’s a bargain. Look past the fit concerns. At that price, the Hornets did well to get Lin. They can figure out the rest from there.


The fantasy of Jeremy Lin running pick-and-rolls with DeAndre Jordan in Dallas as Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Chandler Parsons spread the floor is falling apart.

It appears Lin is no longer holding out hope for that great fit with the Mavericks.

The former Lakers point guard posted on Instagram:

Lets goooooo!! #BuzzCity

A photo posted by Jeremy Lin (@jlin7) on

The Hornets have their $5,464,000 mid-level exception to spend. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lin got all of it.

Lin will back up Kemba Walker, though he doesn’t seem to be the best fit.

Charlotte doesn’t run. Charlotte doesn’t have strong pick-and-roll finishers. Charlotte doesn’t space the floor to facilitate pick-and-rolls.

Maybe Lin provides a different dimension, but I don’t think the Hornets are positioned to enough from him.

On the other hand, I’m not sure they could have gotten anyone better. So, from a pure value standpoint, maybe Lin will be worth his contract.

NBA max contract values for 2015-16


The NBA salary cap and luxury-tax lines came in higher than expected, which means max contracts will be worth more than expected.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

Max contracts are determined by experience level with players split into three tiers (0-6 years, 7-9 years, 10+ years). Here’s how much players signing max deals this offseason will earn based on experience and length of the contract:

0-6 years experience (players such as Greg Monroe, Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $16,407,000 $16,407,000
Two-year $34,044,525 $33,552,315
Three-year $52,912,575 $51,435,945
Four-year $73,011,150 $70,057,890
Five-year $94,340,250

7-9 years experience (LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Paul Millsap)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $19,689,000 $19,689,000
Two-year $40,854,675 $40,264,005
Three-year $63,497,025 $61,725,015
Four-year $87,616,050 $84,072,030
Five-year $113,211,750

10+ years experience (LeBron James)

Re-sign Sign elsewhere
One-year $22,970,000 $22,970,000
Two-year $47,662,750 $46,973,650
Three-year $74,078,250 $72,010,950
Four-year $102,216,500 $98,081,900
Five-year $132,077,500

Anthony Davis agreed to a max contract extension, and Damian Lillard will likely follow suit. Those begin with with the 2016-17 season, so their values won’t be known for another year. But with the salary cap rising under the new national TV contracts, Davis and Lillard stand to make a lot more than free agents this summer.

Report: Manu Ginobili getting two-year, $5.7 million contract from Spurs

San Antonio Spurs v Denver Nuggets

Manu Ginobili announced he’d return to the Spurs next season.

He and San Antonio just had to agree to a contract.

It seems that’s done.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

That sounds like the room exception, which is worth up to $5,740,560 over two years. Crucially, the Spurs can exceed the salary cap to sign Ginobili after using their other cap space.

The biggest chunk will go to LaMarcus Aldridge. Will there be enough left to re-sign Tim Duncan without dumping someone?

If the salary cap is the projected $67.1 million, the Spurs waive Reggie Williams (unguaranteed contract), wait to give Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green their new contracts (preserving their lower cap holds) and get letters from first-round picks Nikola Milutinov and Livio Jean-Charles agreeing not to play in the NBA next season, San Antonio would have approximately $7.5 million in cap room to sign Duncan.

The salary cap could land a little higher, which would create more room for Duncan but also raise Aldridge’s max salary. If the Spurs don’t have enough money for Duncan, they’d trade Boris Diaw or Patty Mills.

But Ginobili taking the room exception gives them a huge leg up in keeping everyone.