When the Los Angeles Clippers match the four-year, $43 million offer sheet the Golden State Warriors signed center DeAndre Jordan to, many eyebrows were raised. Jordan was a very raw, athletic player who hadn’t been that productive. However, since then, Jordan has continued to improve and huge part of the Clippers’ recent success.
Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes Jordan will command between $11 and $13 million when he hits the market.
At one point, DeAndre’s contract was a bit of an atrocity, but as he continued to develop and is now coming up as a free agent following next season, I think there’s a good chance LAC will have to pony-up somewhere between 11-13M per season to keep him due to offers he’d likely receive on the open market. They would be able to go as high as necessary to do so if they so chose, but with guys like Reddick and Dudley combining for $11-12M while Blake and Chris are making between 40-44M per as we move forward, that won’t leave an awful lot to work with in terms of surrounding them with additional pieces even as other contracts come off the books. It will be very interesting to see how Doc and that front office are able to get creative over the next couple years.
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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