DeAndre Jordan will sign the Golden State Warriors' offer sheet worth $40 million over four years, reports Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area. Jordan is a restricted free agent, and as such his incumbent team -- the Los Angeles Clippers -- will have three days to decide whether to match the contract.
The Clippers had offered Jordan a five-year deal worth $40 million before free agency officially began on Friday, but Jordan declined and entered the market. His average annual salary will be $2 million higher as a result.
The Clippers cannot sign Jordan to an altered deal once the center signs Golden State's offer sheet, which allows the Warriors to determine the structure and any performance incentives. Steinmetz reports that the Warriors will not be forced to use the amnesty clause on Andris Biedrins to make room for Jordan; by waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and using the amnesty clause on Charlie Bell (due $4 million this season), the Warriors can make room for Jordan.
If the deal is structured normally, Jordan's 2011-12 salary would be right around $9.4 million. The Warriors will not need to retract the team's qualifying offer to Reggie Williams to make room for Jordan.
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