DeAndre Jordan wants to be where he is wanted
The L.A. Clippers are out of the playoffs for the first time in seven seasons and with that comes a series of choices for the franchise to make, including the impending free agency of center DeAndre Jordan — the lone remaining starter from last season’s roster.
Jordan has been in the center of rumors throughout the NBA season, first as an option for the Cleveland Cavaliers and recently a potential candidate to leave town if the right situation arises.
Asked if he had any ideas about his next stop, Jordan remained noncommittal.
“I haven’t,” he said. “Whenever that time comes, we’ll address it and figure out what’s the best opportunity for me, my family, and my career. We’ll figure everything out.”
LA #Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) addresses upcoming free agency. When asked about wanting to be in LA, he responded – "I want to be where I'm wanted. I want to continue my career, have a chance to contend and win again." pic.twitter.com/ryAEgnlAjl
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) April 12, 2018
Asked if he hoped to remain in Los Angeles, Jordan gave an ominous response.
“I want to be where I’m wanted. I want to continue my career, have a chance to contend and win again.”
Jordan has certainly picked up on all the rumors throughout the season, and seen just how easily Griffin was traded after signing a five-year, $173 million deal over the summer. Griffin was promised to be the face of the franchise, only for the franchise to walk back on that promise 49 games later — an act Jordan won’t look at too kindly during negotiations.
There is also uncertainty with the direction of the team, as head coach Doc Rivers is still considering his future with the team, after logging his first season out of the playoffs in the last 11 years.