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Could a Reported Rift with Chris Paul Drive DeAndre Jordan to Seek a Max Contract Elsewhere?

The Los Angeles Clippers were just eliminated from the postseason in stunning fashion after blowing a 3-1 series lead to the Houston Rockets, and now the focus turns to DeAndre Jordan‘s impending free agency. Most people expect Jordan to return to the Clippers, but there’s some intrigue here.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski says it’ll take a five-year, $100 million-plus deal to re-sign Jordan, and perhaps Los Angeles thinks twice about giving that to him considering some of his weaknesses and the depth issue on the roster.

However, all indications are that the Clippers want Jordan back because of how important his defense and rebounding is to the team. But does Jordan want to be back? According to Fox Sports’ Bill Reiter, Jordan doesn’t have the best relationship with star point guard Chris Paul, and that could lead to Jordan looking elsewhere:

“Things aren’t good there,” a league source familiar with the inner workings of the Clippers organization said. Asked if the issues between the two were serious, the source said, “Oh yeah. (Jordan) might leave. He really might.”

Jordan reportedly has been put off by Paul’s “edginess and drive.” The point guard has also reportedly grown frustrated with his poor free throw shooting.

If Jordan were to look at other teams, the Dallas Mavericks are said to be the team with the best chance of nabbing the big man.

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