Mavs ready to take risk on DeAndre Jordan

The first thing the Mavericks are trying to avoid heading into next season is another 24-58 record, which earned them the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft. The second thing they’re trying to avoid is a 17-win season, which is what the Lakers posted in Kobe Bryant’s final year in LA back in 2015-16.
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That’s the best way to explain Dallas’ rebooted pursuit of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, who famously jilted the Mavs after signing with the team in 2015, choosing to renege and return to Los Angeles in the end. There were a lot of burned bridges after that fiasco, but the Mavs are willing to let them be repaired.

Should a deal for Jordan get done, Dallas will be out of cap space and likely won’t have much roster space — as many as 13 spots could be filled when the new guys are included. Depending on how the bench develops and whether the team can build chemistry, Dallas should at least have a shot at the No. 8 seed in the West.

There’s also this to consider: Nowitzki has not definitively said he’s retiring after next season. The Mavs might be doing more than trying to give Nowitzki one last memorable season. They may be trying to give him two.

For now, it is Jordan or bust for the Mavs.

George went so far as to tell the Pacers that he would choose the Lakers when Keith Yandle Jersey he became a free agent after the 2017-18 season. That remains a possibility, but the latest rumors point to George returning to the Thunder. If the Lakers are unable to trade for Leonard and James also stays put, Johnson and the front office will have an out. They will lean on that two-year strategy and claim not all is lost.

But don’t be fooled. A swing and a miss on one (if not two) stars to Los Angeles will be one of the biggest public failures the organization has endured. And remember, those words come directly from Johnson himself.

How can the Lakers be viewed as an organization with the same mystique if they Womens Charlie McAvoy Jersey cannot lure players away from Cleveland and Oklahoma City? If they miss out on this golden opportunity, what’s the next move for Buss?

Magic and the Lakers have put themselves out there. They have made their intentions clear. It is time for the front office to deliver — or Johnson might have to start looking for another job.