The Dallas Mavericks have a big offseason ahead of them, and Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan could be on the Mavericks’ radar. Jordan, who’s from Texas and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season, has indicated through “back channels” that he’d be interested in heading to Dallas, according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas.
Mavericks center Tyson Chandler will also be a free agent this offseason after coming back to Dallas last offseason when he was traded by the New York Knicks. The Mavericks could look to re-sign Chandler, although Jordan is significantly younger and would represent an obvious upgrade.
Jordan, 26, led the league in field goal percentage and rebounding this season and was third in Defensive Player of the Year voting. Chandler is still a solid defensive presence, but the miles are adding up on him and the Mavericks need to improve defensively, especially with Dirk Nowitzki a liability on that end at this point.
Jordan is still competing in the playoffs with the Clippers, although they’re on the brink of elimination. Even if Los Angeles is eliminated in the first round, the team will surely do all they can to keep Jordan around to keep the core together. Perhaps there would be some reservations about paying Jordan, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin huge money considering they’ve never won anything (assuming they lose to the Spurs), but the Clippers are right there and may just need some smaller moves on the fringes to get over the top.