By Kirk Henderson
On July 3rd, 2015 DeAndre Jordan agreed to a four-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks. Because the NBA had silly rules regarding when the contracts could actually be signed, a saga ensued over the next several days that resulted in Jordan re-signing with the Clippers.
I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know. In fact, July 8th, 2015 is burned into my mind forever. I worked from home that day and refreshed Twitter over and over and didn’t move from where I sat for nearly 11 hours. Jordan’s decision essentially ruined the Mavericks in their last gasp for relevancy in Dirk’s twilight years. While Dallas made the playoffs as an 8 seed in 2016, with no actual youth to build around, the franchise has slowly fallen into irrelevancy.
But it’s been three years. If Jordan opts out of his final year with the Los Angeles Clippers, would he make any sense with the Dallas Mavericks?
Jordan is a 10-year veteran, spending his entire career with the Los Angeles Clipper franchise. The soon-to-be 30 year old center had a pretty good year last year if you’re just examining basic stats. He’s a workhorse in terms of games played and minutes, in the sense that he plays a ton (over 30 minutes a game) and rarely misses time with injuries; in fact he’s only missed 11 total games since the lockout season. Last season Jordan averaged 12 points a game while grabbing 15 rebounds. His blocks per game fell under 1 for the first time since his sophomore NBA year....