Dallas Mavericks: Five things to think about after DeAndre Jordan deal
By Kohl Rast
1. This is a rental contract
My first thought when this deal was announced was that the Mavs got a steal of a deal. The Mavs are very interested in DeAndre Jordan, but he did not earn himself a max contract from his play last season. He played well, but not top 30-40 player in the league well. For that reason, Dallas was not going to be willing to offer a multi-year, top-dollar deal.
The free agency class in 2019 is going to be solid again. There will be stars available and the Mavs will have an abundance of cash, upwards of $60 million. With that money, they will be able to look across the board before deciding about the future of DJ with the team. This puts Jordan in a bit of a rental type deal.
It also keeps us from having to commit to DeAndre himself, a guy who is getting older and relies heavily on his athleticism to be effective on the court. At 29 years old, Jordan is getting ready to hit the tail end of his prime. He still has a couple solid years left, but with his build and the amount of games he has played, things are a little different.
Whether Dallas chooses to actually use this as a rental period or a trial period, they made a great decision today and I will stand by that opinion. If he has a great year, he will want to come back to the team that believed in him. If he has a bad year, the Mavs can cut ties without losing much sleep.
It is a good situation for a team looking for a good situation. That doesn’t make me any less excited about DeAndre Jordan though.