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Clippers match 4-year offer, keep DeAndre Jordan

Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 9:01 pm
Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: As expected, the Clippers matched Golden State's 4-year, $43 million offer for restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan, retaining his rights, according to Yahoo Sports and confirmed by Ken Berger of


The Warriors really wanted an athletic seven footer to help complete their transformation into a strong defensive team. They thought that player would be Tyson Chandler, but Golden State couldn't keep up with the New York Knicks.

So the Warriors have taken a step back and gone after a different big man. According to Ken Berger of, the Warriors signed restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan to a four-year, $43 million offer sheet Sunday. The Clippers have three days to match the offer.

Jordan, who is just 23 and appears to be really be trending upward, has spent the last three seasons witht the Clippers and averaged 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25.6 minutes a game alongside Blake Griffin.

The Warriors offered Chandler a four-year, $60 million deal last week but weren't able to land the defensive-minded center. So they've turned to a younger, rawer version of him.

What's interesting about this offer is that the Clips have already reportedly extended Jordan a five-year, $40 million offer, one which he turned down to instead check out the open market. So while Jordan could be looking at an extra two million per year, it's hard not to see the Clippers matching on this offer.

The Clippers are certainly inclined to match, unless they have visions of keeping some flexibility for the 2012 free agent bonanza. Chris Kaman certainly isn't a long-term solution at the 5, but you can be sure the Clippers still consider themselves players for Dwight Howard. But then again, you let Blake Griffin's boy walk because you didn't want to pony up an extra two million a year and you might be toeing a dangerous line of ticking off your franchise guy.

Of note: The Warriors are making this move with the ability to not use their amnesty provision on Andris Biedrins though. How? CSN Bay Area explains:
By waiving Jeremy Lin on Friday and not yet signing rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler, it appears as though the Warriors can get to Jordan’s starting first-year salary – in the $9 million range -- by amnesty-ing Charlie Bell. The Warriors are waiting until Sunday to sign Jordan to the offer sheet because they need Lin to clear waivers.

Bell, who played sparingly last season, is on the last year of his contract and set to earn $4.1 million. He was recently arrested in Michigan after showing up intoxicated at his hearing for an earlier DUI.

The Warriors have told Bell to remain in Michigan – rather than joining the team at training camp – and that he is a candidate for amnesty.

Obviously Golden State would likely dangle Biedrins as trade bait so that the Warriors don't have more than $20 million a year tied up in two offensively challenged centers.

Again, it seems to me like it makes all the sense in the world for the Clippers to match. Then again, sense and the Clippers don't often mix well.

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: December 12, 2011 2:08 am

DeAndre Jordan signs offer sheet with Warriors

way to overpay for a scrub on the bench.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:12 am

DeAndre Jordan signs offer sheet with Warriors

2 years of doing nothing in the nba.  And one year a 7pt 7 rebound avg is now worth $40 million over 4 years?  ?What was th epoint of the lock out?  This guy may end up being a one year wonder, committing $40 million is foolish and will come back to bite. 

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: December 12, 2011 12:02 am

DeAndre Jordan signs offer sheet with Warriors

Doesn't rebuilding imply they were built at some point previously?

Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 7:46 pm
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Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:20 pm

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

I dont know why the Clippers ever try to save cap space, its not like they have ever signed a big free agent, only good players they have gotten were in the draft or in a salary dump by another team. Theres not one big free agent in 2012 that will sign with the clippers so they might as well match DeAndre Jordans offer from the warriors.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:13 pm

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

Clippers will match this offer, he's not going anywhere.

Since: Apr 17, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:11 am

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

Easy big fella

Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:28 am

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

The Clippers aren't on the verge of rebuilding. They are just on the verge of building.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 11, 2011 1:13 am

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

Matching should be a no- brainer for the clips.  However, these are the clippers.

Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: December 11, 2011 12:51 am

DeAndre Jordan to sign offer sheet with Warriors

Hate to see this transaction go through.  The Clippers were on the verge of rebuilding.  But with Jordan likely going to Golden State, L.A. will have a tough time competing against teams who have excellent centers.  Clippers can match the offer, but I doubt that will happen.  DeAndre Jordan is very talented and is poised to reach all-star level of play.  He is extremely athletic for his size and blocks like a monster.  Very nice pickup for the Warriors.  I hope the Clippers don't let Blake Griffin walk away and sign with another team.  If that happens, Clippers management need to resign their positions.  No team has endure more disapointments and frustration over the last 20-25 years than the Clippers franchise.  

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