Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has revealed that the organisation’s intention is to offer center DeAndre Jordan a max contract this summer.
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Jordan has made no secret of his desire to explore the market at the end of the season, and given his level of play this season he won’t short of suitors when it opens for business on July 1.
However, the general consensus remains that he will stay at the Staples Center, even if the likes of the Dallas Mavericks come knocking to acquire him.
A reported falling-out with teammate Chris Paul led to further speculation that he could be heading for the exit door, but Rivers has made it clear that the organisation value him and will make a max contract offer to him in order to convince him to remain in LA.
Will the Clippers offer DeAndre Jordan a max contract? Doc: "Yeah, I think I can say that."
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) May 18, 2015
The Clippers have a significant advantage in that they can offer more money with a max deal projected to be around $109m over five years.
In contrast, a max deal from other teams would be limited to $81m over four years, and so it remains to be seen how big a factor that is in Jordan’s decision.
Meanwhile, there is also the new TV deal to consider which will see the salary cap rise significantly which in turn will have an effect on player contracts.
Given his performances this year, Jordan is certainly worth a max deal and the Clippers can’t afford to lose him. However, even though Rivers is going all in on securing his future, if the towering center has his heart set on a new challenge elsewhere then it won’t matter much.