A contingent of Clippers is traveling to Houston to try to convince free-agent center DeAndre Jordan to back out on his commitment to the Dallas Mavericks and stay with the only NBA team he has known, according to league executives.
Jordan agreed to sign a four-year, $80-million contract with the Mavericks, but the commitment does not become formal until Jordan officially signs with the team, something that cannot happen until Thursday.
One league executive described Jordan as torn over his decision, and that he reached out to Clippers Coach Doc Rivers on Monday night to express second thoughts over his choice. Still, it was not immediately clear if he was seriously reconsidering his decision.
Another league executive described the Mavericks as “nervous” about the possibility that Jordan would change his mind.
The Clippers made it clear that keeping Jordan was the focal point of their free-agency plans and appeared to have increased their odds of retaining him after trading for Lance Stephenson and agreeing to sign veteran forward Paul Pierce.
A league executive said the Clippers were not happy that the Mavericks were granted a dinner with Jordan in addition to a formal pitch meeting once the free-agency process started last week.
Jordan has not commented publicly since making his commitment. His Twitter profile still shows a picture of him dunking in a Clippers jersey.
Dallas has been famously spurned during free agency before. Point guard Jason Kidd backed out of a commitment to re-sign with the Mavericks in 2013 to sign with the New York Knicks.