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Report: Jordan Opts Out Of Contract; Mavs Making Him Top Target

June 29, 2018 - 5:52 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - DeAndre Jordan has opted out of the final year of his $24.1 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan.

According to Fish, the Dallas Mavericks will make Jordan their No. 1 target in free agency.

The Mavericks cap gymnastics continued Thursday as they opened up more salary space in an effort to acquire Jordan.

Dallas pulled their qualifying offer to center Salah Mejri, making him an unrestricted free agent. The move opened up about $2 million worth of room. 

With Dallas already taking back Doug McDermott's qualifying offer and declining to offer Nerlens Noel his, the team currently has approximately $24-27 million to use in free agency.

In addition to those moves, Marc Stein reports that the Mavs are electing to decline Dirk Nowitzki's $5 million option and will conduct business with him later in the offseason (possibly sign him to the mid-level exception worth $4.4 million). 

With Nowitzki's option being declined, the Mavs could have around $30 million to use on Jordan and McDermott. 

Jordan has been connected to the Mavs for the past week with Dallas and L.A. discussing a swap for the big man. With the two teams unable to come to an agreement on trade, Jordan decided it was best to opt out and pursue a deal with the Mavericks.