The Mavericks have spoken with the Clippers about the possibility of acquiring center DeAndre Jordan in a trade, according to the New York Times.
This comes on the heels of Jordan asking the Clippers to explore trade scenarios to get a better idea of if he wants to opt into the final year of his contract, or become a free agent.
Jordan has until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether he wants to opt in or become a free agent. The 29-year-old is a native of Houston.
He has averaged 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 10 NBA seasons.
The Lakers and Spurs are again talking about a deal for Kawhi Leonard, and if a deal were to get done, the likelihood of Los Angeles landing LeBron James would increase immensely, according to ESPN.
It’s the kind of long-term, big-money contract general manager Ron Hextall has been unwilling to hand out to free agents, though van Riemsdyk became an exception.
The term we could live with, Hextall said. We can manage our way around the salary cap. We’ve looked up, down and all around at different projections for the next few years, and we felt comfortable with the term and the player.
Van Riemsdyk will count $7 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. That number is currently third on the Flyers behind that of captain Claude Giroux at $8.275 million and winger Jakub Voracek at $8.25 million. Taken by Philadelphia second overall behind Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft, van Riemsdyk played with Giroux and Voracek during his first stint and talked to them before picking the Flyers over other interested teams.
The 29-year-old wasn’t likely to return to Toronto even before the Maple Leafs won the Tavares sweepstakes. The Middletown, New Jersey, native grew up rooting for the New York Rangers and picked the Flyers in large part because of familiarity.
There were a couple different teams in the mix, van Riemsdyk said. I’m happy to be coming to Philadelphia, and I think it’s going to be a great fit.
Van Riemsdyk set a career high with 36 goals last season, a year after putting up a career-high 62 points. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound winger who was traded to the Maple Leafs in 2012 isn’t a fundamentally different player now but gained confidence and experience from a bigger role in Toronto the past six seasons.