DeAndre Jordan is going to be one of the most sought after free agents this off-season.
And the LA Clippers starting center will have given Doc Rivers and the rest of the Clippers an unwelcome shock when he started speaking about his upcoming free agency.
Speaking in an interview on a podcast with Sam Amick of USA Today, the Defensive Player of the Year candidate revealed that he was expecting to have a lot of fun when he can start speaking to teams, whatever that means.
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“I mean I’ve obviously been here seven years, and the past two have been great,” Jordan said to Amick. “Doc (Clippers coach Doc Rivers) has been my biggest supporter and the best coach I’ve ever had.
The team is great. The guys are great. We have great camaraderie. But the free agency process is definitely going to be a fun one.”
The 26-year-old has developed his game significantly over the past two years and has become an integral part of Doc Rivers’ team this season. Jordan is averaging 11.3 points, 14.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this year, and he is widely regarded as one of the front-runners for the DPOY.
Despite his comments, it seems unlikely that Jordan will be moving on from Los Angeles despite being an unrestricted free agency. The Clippers are more than likely going to offer him a max contract and that would easily be enough to convince the big man to stay at the Staples Center.
Jordan may well flirt with other teams if it seems like the Clippers are not going to offer him the big bucks, but they will eventually put the money on the table. Whilst Jordan isn't the Clippers best player, he is still a huge part of what the team does and is incredibly valuable to the Western Conference side.
Clippers fans will be nervous to see Jordan talk about the "fun" of fielding offers and choosing his destiny for the first real time, but things should run smoothly.