One potentially very interesting free agent next year is Los Angeles Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan. Since the Clippers matched the Golden State Warriors’ offer sheet for Jordan, he has progressively improved and had his best season last year.
Jordan can become a free agent after the season but Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders doesn’t think there is much of a chance Jordan hits free agency.
Like Paul Millsap, Jordan has outplayed his current contract. It’s very likely that DeAndre re-signs in LA with the Clippers on a new max level, or near max level contract. This is where the depths of the new Clippers ownership’s pockets is going to pay off.
Like all potential unrestricted free agents, Jordan could walk away, but considering the Clippers will put the money on the table and the success the team has had as currently constructed, the odds that Jordan hits the market in a real way are slim. The problem is that he has to hit free agency to get the raise his camp is seeking. So, there is risk for the Clippers, but all sides have been fairly clear they want the marriage to continue.
Jordan averaged 10.4 points, 13.6 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.9 assists per game while shooting 67.6% from the field and 42.8% from the free throw line. In the postseason, he went for 9.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.8 assists per game while shooting 73.0% from the field and 43.4% from the free throw line. In his six-year career, he’s averaged 7.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 65.2% from the floor and 42.5% from the charity stripe.
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