When the Dallas Mavericks tried to sign DeAndre Jordan three years ago, they were almost successful before things suddenly took a turn. Jordan agreed on a four-year, $80 million deal with the Mavs to have him play alongside Dirk Nowitzki, but they couldn’t sign the big man formally until the moratorium ended. Jordan had second thoughts on his decision, and the Clippers caught wind of this and eventually ended up re-signing Jordan.
Three years later, Jordan and the Mavs put that debacle behind them. He officially signed a one-year, $24 million deal to help the rebuilding Mavs compete in the stacked Western Conference. A series of tweets from insider Eddie Sefko narrates Jordan’s thoughts on the situation during Mavs media day:
DeAndre Jordan on what he’d have changed from 3 years ago: “I obviously grew as a person. I don’t think I would have changed what happened, I would have changed how it was handled. I don’t regret my decision.” Said he’d have communicated better.
DeAndre Jordan on being in Dallas: “It’s definitely a change, but it’s a positive change that I’m looking forward to.” Added that it’s better late than never after fiasco three years ago.
In terms of his impact on the floor, Jordan will be a force on both ends. His size and athleticism will provide the Mavs with much-needed rebounding and interior defense. On the offensive end, Jordan will be a great partner in the pick-and-roll for sophomore Dennis Smith Jr. and incoming rookie sensation Luka Doncic.
If everything clicks for them, don’t be surprised to see the Mavs as one of the teams battling it out for playoff positioning near the end of the regular season.