Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has a player option worth $24.1 million next season and until June 29 to make a decision on opting in or becoming a restricted free agent.
Jordan will surely decline the player option so he can make more money on the open market, and according to a report from Rockets Wire, the high-flyer is interested in signing with his hometown team, the Houston Rockets.
Jordan had another productive season during the 2017-18 campaign. The big man averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds in 77 games while shooting 64.5 percent from the field.
The Rockets’ current center, Clint Capela, will be a restricted free agent this summer. Houston has already made it clear they will match any offer Capela receives, but Jordan could be their backup plan.
The Clippers, who held discussions regarding a Jordan trade with a bevy of teams during the February trade deadline, missed the playoffs this year for the first time since 2011 and could be embarking on a rebuild.
Jordan and his camp knew the Clippers were shopping him during the trade deadline. After all, the All-Star watched the organization trade forward Blake Griffin to the Detroit Pistons, just seven months after Griffin re-signed with LA on a five-year max deal.
The 29-year-old Jordan has spent his entire NBA career with the Clippers, but admitted after the season ended that he and the franchise have not held any contract discussions.
Jordan’s former Clipper teammate, Chris Paul, is on the Rockets. Paul will be a free agent this summer as well.