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Report: Clippers offer DeAndre Jordan five years, $40 million

Dec 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

DeAndre Jordan, Corey Maggette

Yup, that lockout really got NBA owners to rein in their spending.

The Los Angeles Clippers wanted to keep center DeAndre Jordan — he’s part of their young and high-flying core — and have offered him a five year, $40 million deal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo on twitter.

But he also says it is expected Jordan will sign an offer sheet with another team for more. The Clippers have the rights to match any offer. There are a number of teams with cap space who need a center (we’re looking at you, Pacers) who may make that offer. The Clippers likely would match that offer — Blake Griffin told ProBasketballTalk yesterday he wants to see Jordan back, that he is key to the team’s future. (If the Clippers bring back Jordan, Chris Kaman is likely on his way out via trae.

Jordan is a good but raw player who gave the Clippers 7.1 points and 7.2 points per game last season. He is a good shot blocker and rebounder, but his offensive game drops off when he gets more than five feet from the basket. He’s young (23) with a lot of room to grow, but how much are you willing to pay to see how he develops?

Well, at least $40 million and maybe more, apparently.

Consider this a reminder that for all the complaining the NBA owners did about market size and the system issues throughout the lockout, what they really wanted in a labor deal was a way to protect themselves from themselves. But that only goes so far.

  1. edmazeing1 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Is it $80 million or $40 million?

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

      It was $40 million the original headline was a typo. My mistake.

  2. illcomm - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    headline says 80 Mil and article says 40 Mil. which one is it?

  3. anotheryx - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    wait…where is the 80mil coming from

    • edmazeing1 - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:40 AM

      @anotheryx They just change it, to ever one that did not see the orignal post it stated Clippers offer Deandre Jordan 5 years $80 million!!!

  4. renorocker - Dec 6, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Jordan is a good but raw player who gave the Clippers 7.1 points and 7.2 points per game last season.

    This could only happen on the Clippers.

    • b7p19 - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

      Only on the Clippers…

  5. sham13ert - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Over valued. The CBA did nothing to curb ridiculous spending. Jordan is worth $5 mil a year at most, his value is inflated because he plays next to Griffin.

    It’s like when Ben Wallace got 60 mil from Chicago. It seemed reasonable at the time, but he was a product of system and his surroundings in Detroit.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Spot on, sham13ert.

  6. anhdazman - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:47 PM

    Freaking owners….

  7. rohlo - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    rockets are gonna go after him…hes a houston kid as well being from there.

  8. 00maltliquor - Dec 6, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Why the Pacers need another center when they have Roy Hibbert? I’ll take Roy any day of the week over DeAndre. They need a backup, yeah, but not a $40 millon dollar one!

  9. tuckyous - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Nets?

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