DeAndre burns the Clippers: Signs with Mavs
It looks like DeAndre Jordan is putting on his boots and headed to Texas. The 6’11” center has agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks for four-years and $81 million. The deal also includes a third-year player-option if the big man wishes to join free agency in the 18-19 season. This is a very big pickup for the Mavericks who have been unsuccessfully courting top talent free agents the last couple of years. Jordan will be joined by Wesley Matthews, Chandler Parsons, and Dirk Nowitzki. The remainder of the roster will be filled with complimentary players to maximize Jordan’s impact. DeAndre Jordan stated that he choose the Mavericks because he ” wants to be the man” for the team going forward, an obvious jab at the Clippers where he was always the third option. This sentiment coincides with reported tensions between Jordan and Clippers’ star point guard Chris Paul.
Speaking of the Clippers, they are left standing with their mouth agape. Like baby birds they’re left begging for a sign-and-trade to get something out of Jordan. Losing Jordan means the Clippers not only miss out on their defensive anchor but lack cap room to sign a replacement. Per the CBA a team can go over the salary cap if they are re-signing a player. The Clippers are at the ceiling of the salary cap with very little wiggle room, DeAndre would have put them over but they do get their defensive player of the year candidate. Now the Clippers could be out their starting center, with no cap space to fill the void they have in the front court. The blow may be worse than the Clippers post-season collapse.
Dallas should be happy with the pick up so long as they realize the reality of DeAndre Jordan’s limitations. Reports state that Mark Cuban and Co. told DeAndre he can average 20 and 20, along with other promises of being the number one priority of the team’s success. Mark Cuban isn’t on Shark Tank for nothing. Realistically, DeAndre Jordan is a freak athlete with a very limited offense. He is fast enough to defend the pick and roll, can jump out of the gym and spike down shots like a volleyball. His defensive skills will be in full demand as he plays alongside Dirk “slow as molasses” Nowitzki. On offense, Jordan can catch anything five feet from the rim and rattle it back in, whether it be off missed shots or lobs. Jordan shot an unbelievable 80% off of Chris Paul assisted field goals. If the Mavs wish to replicate any of that same success they have to find someone who can pass the ball well. Dirk will be invaluable to DeAndre’s offensive development. No we’re not going to witness Jordan do turn around one footed fade aways but Dirk can at the least help show him some post moves and try to raise that pitiful 42% free throw shooting. Despite this DeAndre is a player that the Mavs hope to build around and use to attract future free agents. Dallas has taken away one of their biggest threats weapons and re-armed themselves in hopes of surviving in the wild western conference.
Michael Gomez covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow the site on Twitter @MyFntsySprtsTlkhttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/deandre-burns-clippers-signs-mavs/BasketballDallas MavericksLA ClippersNBAPacific DivisionSouthwest DivisionDallas Mavericks,Los Angeles Clippers,NBA,NBA free agencyIt looks like DeAndre Jordan is putting on his boots and headed to Texas. The 6'11' center has agreed to join the Dallas Mavericks for four-years and $81 million. The deal also includes a third-year player-option if the big man wishes to join free agency in the 18-19 season....Michael GomezMichael Gomezmichaelgom3@gmail.comEditorMichael Gomez grew up on a healthy diet of sports and video games and has continued to enjoy both throughout his life. A student of California State University Channel Islands, Michael is majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis. Naturally the combined interests in writing and sports lead to his involvement in sports media. When he's not meticulously following the NBA season, he's working on his fiction story, playing video games or enjoying a bite to eat. Follow him on twitter @MichaelGom3MyFantasySportsTalk