DeAndre Jordan's return here will allow the Dallas Mavericks to fantasize once more about what it might have been like to add the coveted center to their roster.
Meanwhile, the Clippers can ponder the doomsday scenario that would have been — losing Jordan at a time when they were also without Blake Griffin for roughly half of the regular season.
That could have entailed navigating a stretch of 40 games or so with Zaza Pachulia or JaVale McGee as the Clippers' primary big man. "Shudder" might not be a strong enough word to describe the reaction among the team's fans.
Pachulia and McGee...