NBA Free Agency Update: Southwest Division- July 4th

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Feb 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) reacts after a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency  Update – Southwest Division

SIGNED: At the end of day 3 of NBA Free Agency the Mavericks pulled off a double whammy signing two highly coveted free agents from their opposition:

Wesley Matthews who had strong interest from both the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings decided to go with the Mavs on a 4 year $64 million deal.

Kings offer SG Wesley Matthews 4-year, $64 million deal.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 3, 2015

Yet the real coup of the day came with DeAndre Jordan committed to a 4 year $80 million dollar deal. What makes this deal somewhat shocking is it gives veracity to the thought process D.J. wasn’t happy in Los Angeles given he left close to $30 million on the table to leave his old team.

It’s said the Mavericks were very aggressive and passionate in their recruitment outlining how Jordan would be worked into the offense and made him feel extremely welcome. Meanwhile his home town Clippers were apparently lackadaisical in conveying their desire to resign the big man with Chris Paul (the player he has supposed issues with) not even showing up for the pitch. In fact, not one of his teammates bothered to make the pitch, rather it was just Doc Rivers and the owner. Now the strained relationship will be all anyone is talking or writing about in light of Jordan’s decision.

Final opinion on DeAndre Jordan leaving the Clippers

— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) July 4, 2015

In the end he went with the team in his home state who were demonstrative in their desire to add him. Hey, $30 million dollars is more than most of us can fathom our entire family and friend base cumulatively making in a life time, so there must be some truth to the rumors.

In the immediate future I won’t be surprised to see the Mavericks spend some money on a shooting coach to help Jordan raise his free throw shooting.

The combination of also locking down Matthews immediately gives the Mavericks an edge to rebuild themselves into prominence. Now they need to concentrate on adding a point guard who can run the pick and roll and get Jordan those much desired lob passes in the paint.

The other minor signing of the day was Richard Jefferson will return on a one year deal reportedly for the veterans minimum.

LOST: The Mavericks to a certain extent are lucky Jordan decided to join them as they’d already lost their center Tyson Chandler to the Suns in a 4 year $50 million dollar agreement. Monta Ellis left for Indiana,  Al-Farouq Aminu parted for Portland (4 years at $40 million) and malcontent Rajon Rondo finally got a bite (in what was otherwise a not very friendly out pouring of love) with Sacramento agreeing on a 1 year $10 million dollar deal.

Yahoo Sources: Tyson Chandler, Phoenix reach agreement on a four-year deal.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2015

Monta Ellis agrees with Pacers to 4-year deal worth $44 million. (via @Chris_Broussard & @ESPNSteinLine)

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 2, 2015

UNDECIDED: C: Bernard James,  F: Greg Smith, F: Charlie Villanueva, F/C: Amar’e Stoudemire

Source: Mutual interest between Amar'e Stoudemire and Clippers, Lakers, Mavericks, Spurs and Suns.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) July 3, 2015

IN THE WORKS: G: J.J. Barea was said to have been entertaining discussion with the Heat, but with today’s events is now said to be working out a deal to remain in Dallas

Stunning, said no one: source says J.J. Barea now working out details w/Mavs on deal. Had been talking strong w/Heat, looking for 3 yrs.

— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 3, 2015

UP NEXT: Obviously the mandate will be to get a point guard immediately. Reggie Jackson remains unsigned but adding him for between $70 and $90 million (the precedent set  by Brandon Knight and Goran Dragic recently) may well be out of their reach. I’m thinking a wise bet would be to try to grab Jarrett Jack from Brooklyn who have a glut of point guards currently and could use the cap relief. Or perhaps they could convince Oklahoma City to part ways with D.J. Augustin with the right enticement.

The ideal point guard might actually be Ty Lawson, but would Dallas have enough assets to do a trade to obtain the point guard Denver is looking to move?

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