Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has insisted that he won’t be greedy this summer by signing a one-year deal so he can exploit the salary cap rise.
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Jordan is set to become a free agent this summer, and he has previously admitted that he expects it to be a “fun process” which would have undoubtedly worried the Clippers front office.
The towering center has become an integral part of the team under Doc Rivers, and the Clippers coach believes that he should be awarded Defensive Player of the Year this season.
As a result, Jordan is arguably in line for a max contract, but with the salary cap set to soar in 2016 after the new television deal comes into force for the NBA, teams will be open to splashing the cash to sign players.
While Jordan will have options around the league, he insists that he won’t be greedy and sign a one-year deal so he can make the most of it next year.
“I’m not going to be greedy and sign a one-year deal,” Jordan said, ESPN reports.
“Nah. I’m just focused on getting it over with and focusing on playing again. I’m just trying to win here.”
Given that the suggestion is that there is a $60m difference between Jordan signing a five-year max contract this summer and signing one next year, it is a big statement for him to make.
However, there are other factors to consider in that if his stock drops for whatever reason next season, then he will be unable to demand that kind of money anyway.
As a result, it might make more sense for him to sign now and get paid, while the Clippers will want to lock him up on a deal this summer as it limits their risk of going deeper into luxury tax territory next year.