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The Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and Julius Randle in free agency this summer, according to a report from The Ringer.
Jordan has a player option worth $24.1 million next season with the Los Angeles Clippers and until June 29 to make a decision on opting in or becoming a restricted free agent. The big man, of course, agreed to sign with the Mavericks in 2015 before ultimately changing his mind to re-sign with LA.
Jordan averaged 12.0 points and 15.2 rebounds in 77 games while shooting 64.5 percent from the field this past season.
Cousins, meanwhile, will be an unrestricted free agent and told ESPN’s The Undefeated he’s open to re-signing with New Orleans, but admitted he hasn’t spoken to the Pelicans’ front office in a while and understands the team will do what’s best for its future.
The All-Star center tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, an injury considered by many to be the most difficult from which to return. The Pelicans have internally discussed offering Cousins a shorter-team deal for less than the full max, according to a report from ESPN.
Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three.
Randle had a very productive season with the Los Angeles Lakers and is expected to seek a max contract in free agency. The Lakers are widely expected to pursue LeBron James and Paul George and could let Randle walk in order to save cap space for the two superstars they desire.