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Teams and players can not formally sign contracts until July 6.

While the Clippers wait for center DeAndre Jordan to decide on his player option for next season, they have given his representative permission to speak with the Dallas Mavericks about a trade, according to several National Basketball Association executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

DeAndre Jordan's future with the Los Angeles Clippers became a lot clearer on Friday as he chose to opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent. Instead, he's expected to remain a Maverick with the team looking to offer him a new deal, albeit a cheaper one, per Bobby Marks of ESPN via his colleague, Tim McMahon.

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. He will make close to $24.1 million in 2018-19, the report says.

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The 29-year-old was second in the league in rebounds per game (15.2) and field-goal percentage (64.5%). He's also average 10.7 rebounds over his career, including at least 13 a game the past five seasons.

All signs are pointing toward Jordan being a Maverick next season, but as we have seen, literally anything is possible. The Mavericks, in need of a center, are now the favorite to sign the big man.

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According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Mavs are actively in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers in an effort to land Jordan this week before free agency begins on July 1. Essentially, this deal is the same as Jordan opting into his $24.1 million player option.


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