If Jordan decides to opt in, Dallas can trade for him before free agency begins on Sunday at 12:01 a.m. Stein reports that veteran swingman Wes Matthews and his $18.7 million contract will likely be the centerpiece of any offer.
Jordan was due to make $24.1 million in the 2018-19 season. The 29-year-old previously experienced it in 2015 and memorably agreed to a deal with the Dallas Mavericks before backing out of it to remain with the Los Angeles Clippers on a four-year contract.
If Jordan follows through on this agreement, he will leave the team that drafted him 10 years ago. He went from an unheralded second-round draft pick out of Texas A&M in 2009 to become one of the best big men in the league. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, then-teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin each traveled to the center's home, staying there until he re-signed with the Clippers. In 10 National Basketball Association seasons, all with the Clippers, he has career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.7 blocks.
Gortat, 34, has started 400 of a possible 410 games over the last five seasons for the Magic, averaging 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks over that span.
Jordan can officially sign after the moratorium period ends Friday.
MAVS BOUND? DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers decides to test the free agency.
The Warriors had also reportedly been interested in possibly signing Jordan.
Jordan will serve as the Mavs' presence in the paint as a rebounding machine who is going to shoot a high percentage from the floor.
Both the Clippers and Mavericks are rebuilding their rosters.
- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2018Such a move would require Jordan to take a deal starting at the taxpayer midlevel exception of $5.3 mil - which would cost the Warriors more like $27 mil next season.