Heading into the new season, the Los Angeles Clippers are already being viewed as one of the most unpredictable teams due to their roster overhaul over the summer.
All-Star point guard Chris Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets and they received several players in return including Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell.
They also added Danilo Gallinari and silky European playmaker Milos Teodosic to bolster their ranks.
The Clippers kicked off their post-CP3 era with their opening pre-season encounter against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night.
With Paul gone, center DeAndre Jordan wanted to remind fans that he's still very much part of the franchise and wasted no time showcasing his ridiculous athleticism to get them off their seats.
Jordan may have been used to receiving passes from CP, but Beverley showed that he can step into that role and feed the big man too.
The former Rockets guard played a lovely bounce pass to the big man and he duly threw down a thunderous trademark dunk over Serge Ibaka.
It was a case of being in the wrong place and the wrong time for Ibaka as DJ displayed no mercy for his opponent or the rim.
The departure of Paul may see the 29-year-old have more responsibility on the offensive end this season and is always an option around the rim.
Regardless of who's feeding him, DeAndre is one of the most athletic bigs in the league and can develop a relationship with most point guards due to his insane dunking ability.
The good news for Clippers fans is that they could be seeing the All-Star produce these plays for many years to come as he's reportedly discussing a contract extension.
According to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Jordan has held talks with the organisation about extending his stay but no deal is yet in place.
There is mutual interest between the two parties and there shouldn't be a problem with coming to terms on a long-term contract.
The veteran currently doesn't have an agent after the debacle over his last free agency and is, therefore, negotiating the deal himself.
He famously broke a verbal agreement with the Dallas Mavericks to return to L.A. and it's no surprise that he wants to have a deal in place soon in order to avoid becoming a free agent again next year.
But for now, his main focus is matters on the court as the team gears up for the start of the new campaign which tips off with a matchup against crosstown rivals the Lakers.News Now - Sport News