After signing Blake Griffin to a five-year, $173 million extension earlier this summer, the Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly switched their sights to his frontcourt sidekick DeAndre Jordan.
Jordan is set to make just over $22.6 million this season and holds a player option of slightly over $24.1 million for next season. However, the team seems to be committed to inking him in a new, long-term, multi-year deal.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Jordan and the Clippers have had several conversations about an extension recently, but they’re not close to actually making a deal. The sides haven’t even discussed numbers.
“We’ve had discussions, but obviously nothing has gotten done,” Jordan said. “So, we’ll see what happens.”
As Turner points out, if Jordan opts out of his player option for the 2018-2019 season, he would be eligible for a five-year contract worth more than $207 million. Since he will have played 10 seasons in the NBA at that time, it would earn eight percent raises if he re-signs with the Clippers. But, if he were to opt out and sign elsewhere, he’d be able to sign a four-year deal worth roughly $175 million. His raises would be five percent.
“That’s what they’ve got to do, is talk about how we can get it done,” Jordan explained. “If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be doing what’s for their best interest. But they know I’m looking for what’s best for me and my family. It’s cool. We’ve talked about it, but obviously nothing has happened yet. We’ll see where it goes.”
Last season, Jordan averaged 12.7 points, 13.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 31.7 minutes over 81 regular-season games for the Clippers. In the seven-game series loss to the Utah Jazz, his minutes were bumped up to 37.7 and he put up 15.4 points and 14.4 boards per game.
While he may go down as one of the worst free throw shooters in NBA history, Jordan’s impact on the glass, in the paint and above the rim make him one of the league’s most valuable players. Although he has only played in one All-Star game (last season), Jordan has earned All-NBA honors three times, including Third Team honors in 2014-2015, First Team honors in 2015-2016 and Third Team honors in 2016-2017.
“Obviously we want DJ and we want DJ to finish his career with the Clippers,” said president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. “But there’s no news to report. That’s kind of where it’s at right now.”
If Jordan ends up signing a five-year, $207 million deal, it will be notable because reigning MVP Russell Westbrook signed a five-year, $205 million contract on Friday. Stay tuned to the developing situation.