Clippers resisting Mavs’ Matthews in Jordan talks

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

The Los Angeles Clippers are “resistant” in taking back Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Wesley Matthews in a potential trade centered on center DeAndre Jordan, according to the New York Times.

Jordan can opt out of his contract and become a free agent on Friday.

“Dallas must either present an alternative trade scenario (Los Angeles) accepts or try to sign Jordan in free agency if he indeed declines next season’s $24.1 million,” according to the Times.

The Mavericks and Clippers have been discussing several trade scenarios involving Jordan.

If Jordan opts out and becomes a free agent, he and other big men such as All-Star DeMarcus Cousins of New Orleans and Clint Capela of Houston will become the top targets for the Mavericks. Cousins, coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in January, is an unrestricted free agent, while Capela will be a restricted free agent.