DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in signing with the Mavericks.
That’d mean Dallas loses Tyson Chandler, who’s also a pending free agent.
A sign-and-trade swap of the centers, which has been mentioned in Mavs front-office offseason brainstorming sessions, would make a lot of sense for all of the involved parties.
Dallas would insist that the Clippers also take reserve point guard Raymond Felton
This probably won’t happen because of the complexity. Four parties – Jordan, Chandler, Mavericks and Clippers – would have to agree.
But – if Jordan wants to sign with Dallas – it’s at least possible.
Why Jordan agrees: He’d get the same money as if he signed with the Mavericks directly. But this way, Jordan helps the Mavericks avoid clearing enough cap space to sign him, which makes it a little easier for them to build a strong supporting cast.
Why Chandler agrees: He had success with Chris Paul in New Orleans, and they’d reunite on a good team in his hometown. There might not be a better destination for Chandler, including Dallas. Paul, Chandler and David West worked well together. Imagine that trio with Blake Griffin instead of West.
Why the Mavericks agree: They’d unload Felton, whose contract is a burden. As a bonus, they’d be helping Jordan, a player the seem to like.
Why the Clippers agree: This would be their best option to replace Jordan. They won’t have cap space if he leaves, and this team is built to win now. Chandler is a downgrade, but the alternative downgrades are much steeper. Felton is a small price to pay for avoiding other routes for finding a new center.