Signing Jordan in free agency means the Mavericks will be able to hold on to Wes Matthews, along with draft picks, pieces that likely would have been sent to the Clippers if the teams had agreed to a trade.
Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with LA in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. Instead, he's expected to remain a Maverick with the team looking to offer him a new deal, albeit a cheaper one, per Bobby Marks of ESPN via his colleague, Tim McMahon.
Gortat, 34, has started 400 of a possible 410 games over the last five seasons for the Magic, averaging 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 blocks over that span. If he opted in, he would be in line to make a little more than $24.1 million this season.
Jordan averaged 12 points and a career-high 15.2 rebounds a game this season, his 10th for the Clippers.
Three years after they almost came together, the Mavericks finally get the center they have long coveted.
Dallas never meant to sign Jordan long-term, and he was fine with that.
While nothing is certain in free agency, Jordan joining the Mavs has felt like one of the surest things this offseason.
Though Jordan, 29, could nearly certainly earn a lucrative multi-year deal on the open market, the Warriors are hoping to entice Jordan with the taxpayer mid-level exception, worth 5.3 million for one season.