The Dallas Mavericks have made DeAndre Jordan their top priority this offseason and it appears that they may be rewarded for doing so. The two sides met for over four hours Tuesday night, and Jordan walked away feeling that Dallas "set the bar high," reports Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Jordan was also impressed with Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.
The Mavericks were initially scheduled to meet with Jordan Wednesday morning, but due to their "standing" with him, were also given an audience Tuesday night as soon as free agency officially began, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. In attendance were team owner Mark Cuban, president Donnie Nelson, Carlisle, team trainer Casey Smith and Chandler Parsons. The group met in the Beverly Hills office of Relativity Sports, which represents Jordan and Parsons. Nowitzki joined Parsons and Jordan for dinner earlier in the evening, according to MacMahon, who adds that the Mavericks felt the meeting went "really well."
Dallas met with Jordan again on Wednesday, reports Turner. Jordan was also scheduled to meet with the Lakers, Clippers and Knicks on Wednesday but was moved by the Mavericks' presentation and will be comparing those coming from the other suitors to it, according to Turner.
The Clippers have made it clear that they plan on offering Jordan a max contract this offseason, but the 26-year-old Jordan is still considering leaving the team that drafted him with the 35th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The extra fifth year that Clippers can offer him is reportedly of no consequence to Jordan, who is looking to sign a four-year deal with a player option after three years, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Doing so would allow Jordan to receive another big contract right as all that new TV money kicks in and the league's salary cup skyrockets.
Tyson Chandler's decision to leave Dallas and sign a four-year deal with the Suns also put more pressure on the Mavericks to lock Jordan in and land a big time free agent for the first time in years.