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NBA Off-Season: Clippers Center DeAndre Jordan Declines $24.1 Million Player Option

D.J. will enter unrestricted free agency.

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According to Brad Turner of the L.A. Times, Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will decline his player option for $24.1 million in the 2018-19 season, entering unrestricted free agency.

The Clippers had been in discussions with Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks in recent days in an attempt to orchestrate an opt-in-and-trade deal to send DeAndre to Dallas, his preferred free agency destination. However, the Mavericks were insistent that such a deal include sending Wesley Matthews’ $18.6 million expiring contract back to the Clippers. The Clippers were understandably uninterested, and that seemed to be the impasse in negotiations.