Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has informed the Clippers he will opt out of the $24.1 million player option on his contract for next season and will become a free agent.
Jordan played all 10 seasons of his career with the Clippers.
However, Jordan won't be a free agent for long. Jordan has expressed his interest in being the next center for the Dallas Mavericks.
Back in 2015, Jordan was close to signing with Dallas. At the last moment, the Los Angeles Clippers camped out at Jordan's house, while persuading Jordan to reverse his choice to join the Dallas Mavericks and officially sign a new deal with the franchise.
It appears that the both sides have moved on from the experience. Jordan and the Mavericks are not allowed to negotiate a deal until free agency officially begins on Sunday.
Jordan had until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to make a decision on whether to exercise the option.
Even though Dallas declined Dirk Nowitzki's player option, the Mavs plan on resigning the veteran big man.
How Jordan fits with the Mavs
PG: Dennis Smith Jr.
SG: Luka Doncic
SF: Harrison Barnes
PF: Dirk Nowitzki
C: DeAndre Jordan
Jordan will fill a big need for the Mavericks. Nerlens Noel and Salah Mejri are both free agents, with Dallas unlikely to bring either of them back
Jordan averaged 12 points and .9 blocks while setting a new career high in rebounds (15.2) per game.
Centers in Rick Carlisle's offense have done well for most part. Smith Jr. and Doncic can be the kick starters for a run and gun offense. After having a successful rookie season, Smith Jr. could develop into a Chris Paul type player with Jordan around.
If Ryan Spalding, Kostas Antetokounmpo or Duop Reath get pushed up from the Summer League roster, Jordan can mentor the young forwards as the develop their game in the NBA.