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DeAndre Jordan Spurns Clippers, Signs With Dallas Mavericks

DeAndre Jordan turned down a five-year $105 million dollar contract to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers, instead spurning the only franchise he's ever known to sign with the Dallas Mavericks.



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    DeAndre Jordan is heading home. One of the NBA's biggest free agent fishes has reportedly agreed to sign a four-year maximum contract with the Dallas Mavericks.

    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Jordan was choosing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Mavericks after being courted by multiple teams over the past few days.

    Many close to Jordan believed that the highly coveted center would re-sign with the Clippers who have a championship caliber roster, and were a fourth quarter collapse away from reaching the Western Conference Finals last season.

    But Jordan, who hails from Texas and played his collegiate ball at Texas A&M, was lured to back home by Mavs owner Mark Cuban, and small forward Chandler Parsons.

    "We think he is going to be our best player for years to come," Cuban told ESPN. "A franchise player for the rest of his career."

    Multiple sources have also confirmed that Jordan has had a tumultuous relationship with Clippers point guard Chris Paul over the past couple seasons, and did not want to continue to be the third wheel behind Paul and superstar Blake Griffin.

    Jordan, who is a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys received recorded messages from owner Jerry Jones and star receiver Dez Bryant, both of whom asked the big man to come to the "Big D."

    Among Jordan's other suitors were the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trailblazers, and San Antonio Spurs.

    The Mavericks lost center Tyson Chandler to the Phoenix Suns, point guard Rajon Rondo to the Sacramento Kings, and guard Monta Ellis to the Indiana Pacers earlier in the week, but signed free agent shooting guard Wesley Matthews to a four-year deal on Thursday.

    Jordan is one of the best big men in the league, and a consistent Defensive Player of the Year candidate. His .710 field goal percentage and 15.0 rebound per game average were the highest in the NBA this season, becoming the first player to lead those categories in consecutive years since Wilt Chamberlain in 1971-1972 and 1972-1973.

    Jordan averaged a career-high 11.5 points per game last season, but shot a paltry 39.7 percent from the free throw line. The Mavericks believe that Jordan's free throw shooting will improve and think that he can average 20-20 every night during the 2015-2016 season.

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