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Warriors to sign DeAndre Jordan to offer sheet

Dec 11, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

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Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports the Warriors are ready to sign Clippers restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet to try and pry him away from the Clippers and find the defensive presence they need. From CSN Bay Area:

The Warriors are poised to sign center DeAndre Jordan to an offer sheet worth approximately $40 million over four years, according to multiple sources. The offer is expected to come Sunday.

Jordan, 23, has played the past three seasons for the Los Angeles Clippers and last year averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes per game.

The Clippers will have three days to decide whether or not to match the offer for Jordan, a restricted free agent, or allow him to go to the Warriors.

via Warriors to sign Jordan to four-year, $40 million offer sheet.

The Warriors need a center. They need to amnesty Andris Biedrins and start over with a defensive presence. Jordan’s stats aren’t remarkable but his upside is and in a league that makes it difficult to find a starting center before the age of 27, Jordan is more than serviceable. The only question is if the Clippers will match.

They should match. Not matching sends a dangerous message to Blake Griffin that the Clippers won’t spend to win. It also leaves them with just Chris Kaman who they need to ditch. It’s within the range of what they were prepared to offer. It’s time to see if the Clippers are in a position to move on from being the Clippers or not.

  1. anhdazman - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Finally the Warriors pull the trigger on something. Can’t let this signing period go by without trying to improve our team.

  2. skizzy79 - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    I thought this was one of the reasons for the lockout. Bad contracts. I think 4 years 24 million would’ve been sufficient. Not to take money out of the players pocket but the NBA will never be competitive when players who avg 7 and 7 are getting 40 million. But anyway congrats DeAndre. I ain’t mad at ya

  3. EvanZ - Dec 11, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Warriors would amnesty Charlie Bell, not Biedrins. Unfortunately.

  4. max20characters - Dec 12, 2011 at 2:24 AM

    A guy who averaged 7 pts and 7 boards a game shouldn’t be getting 10Mill a year…

  5. anhdazman - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:20 AM

    Clippers put in a bid for C. Billups, there’s a chance that they won’t match Jordan’s contract.

  6. anhdazman - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    A guy who averaged 7 pts and 7 boards a game shouldn’t be getting 10Mill a year…Very true, but this is also a 23 year old player that has a ton of growth if he puts his mind and heart into it. The chance you take if you’re an organization like the Warriors who hasn’t had a decent center for more than 3 decades. What’s more important, they need to get the right coaching for this young man as an investment.

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