Dallas Mavericks reportedly top contenders for DeAndre Jordan

Dallas Mavericks reportedly top contenders for DeAndre Jordan
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan celebrates after a dunk during the 112-96 win over the Utah Jazz on Nov. 29, 2014. (Steve C. Wilson / Associated Press)

Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will become a free agent July 1 and he's expected to test the waters by meeting with several other teams.

NBA officials not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told Broderick Turner of The Times that in addition to the Clippers, three other teams will visit him at home -- the Lakers, Mavericks and Milwaukee Bucks.

An ESPN report says of those teams, the Clippers view the Mavericks as their greatest competition to sign the center.

According to the website, Dallas Mavericks forward Chandler Parsons visited Jordan in his hometown of Houston last weekend and then went to L.A after Thursday's draft so the two players could spend more time together.

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers made it clear that the team wants to re-sign their center, and said he's prepared to offer him a maximum contract.

"There's going to be a lot of teams [coming after him], and if they're not, there are a lot of dumb teams out there," Rivers said. "There's going to be a lot of teams coming after him that have money. There's a lot of them that don't, thank God. That helps us."

Jordan, who has played for the Clippers his entire seven-season career, can sign a five-year maximum deal for $108 million with the Clippers. Other teams under the salary cap can offer Jordan a maximum deal of four years for $80 million, with an opt-out clause after the third season.

Jordan can also sign a two-year deal with the Clippers with a player option for after the 2016 season, giving him a starting salary of about $18.8 million for next season.

This past season Jordan had career highs in points (11.5), field goal percentage (71%), and rebounds (15). He also had four 20-20 performances, in which he had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds.