Jordan, Clippers not close on contract extension

Free agent center DeAndre Jordan, who has spent his entire career with the Clippers, is headed to the Mavericks.

Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has met with owner Steve Ballmer recently to discuss his future and a contract extension, but the two sides are not close to an agreement — according to the Los Angeles Times.

Jordan is a trade target for both the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. The high-flyer is making $22.6 million this season and has a player option worth $24.1 million for next year.

With the Feb. 8 trade deadline approaching, Jordan knows the rumors are only going to get louder.

“The trade deadline is coming up,” Jordan said. “I’ve heard my name in trade rumors the past three years. It is what it is. It’s a business sometimes. That’s what it is. When you think about it that way, your feelings don’t get involved too much.

“Whatever they [Clippers] decide to do, they decide to do. I can’t control that. I can only play basketball and that’s what I do. My love for the game will be wherever. For me, the most important thing is being wanted and appreciated where you are. And wherever that is, I’m going to be happy. And if it’s here, that’s amazing. If not, then it’s a business sometimes.”

On the season, Jordan is averaging 11.9 points and 14.8 rebounds while shooting 66.8 percent from the field.