Like the moment he collects a lob in his massive hands, it's all up to
The free-agent center heard a comprehensive pitch Thursday night from the
Clippers executives touched on a variety of topics during the three-hour meeting, including increased marketing opportunities for a player who has lagged in that department behind teammates
A person close to Jordan who attended the meeting described the Clippers' presentation as "tight," saying "they had their stuff together."
Jordan was expected to weigh everything he had heard from the Clippers, Lakers,
The Clippers contingent that met with Jordan at the office of his Beverly Hills agents included Rivers, team owner Steve Ballmer, President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker, General Manager Dave Wohl and Assistant General Manager Gary Sacks.
Jordan had met earlier in the day with the Knicks, who emphasized during a nearly three-hour presentation how they felt he could grow in their system under the guidance of Coach Derek Fisher. But the Knicks, like the Lakers, are considered a longshot for his services.
The Clippers' greatest challenger in their bid to keep Jordan is the Mavericks, who impressed Jordan on Wednesday during a pitch meeting attended by a cadre of team executives and star players
But Dallas' starting backcourt is in flux even with the reported addition of shooting guard
The Clippers' alternatives if Jordan signs elsewhere do not appear to be enticing. The team has reached out to the representatives of
Stoudemire, who turns 33 in November, would be a risky option as a starter because his playing time and production have dropped precipitously since his last All-Star season in 2010-11. He is not strong defensively and has played in an average of only 50 games over the last four seasons in the wake of a slew of injuries.
Other possibilities as Jordan replacements included unrestricted free agents
One league executive said the Clippers would be forced to "get creative" if Jordan left them because they have so little maneuverability in terms of what they can offer free agents.
The Clippers could try to fashion a sign-and-trade agreement with the team that Jordan chose, either taking players in return or generating a traded-player exception for roughly $11.5 million. The exception would allow the Clippers to later acquire a player making up to that amount without the need to send out any salaried players in return.
The team would also have about another $2 million per year to spend on a free agent if Jordan left after committing three years and $10.5 million to small forward