Clip­pers now fo­cused on Jor­dan de­ci­sion

They and three other teams are said to be talk­ing to un­re­stricted free- agent cen­ter.

Los Angeles Times - - NBA DRAFT - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@latimes.com Twit­ter: @BA_Turner

With the NBA draft over, the Clip­pers can turn their at­ten­tion to un­re­stricted freeagent cen­ter DeAn­dre Jor­dan.

The Clip­pers bought a sec­ond- round pick from New Or­leans and used the 56th se­lec­tion to get Branden Daw­son, a 6- foot- 6 power for­ward from Michigan State. Daw­son av­er­aged 12.1 points and 9.0 re­bounds in 32 games with the Spar­tans last sea­son.

“He’s a lit­tle raw of­fen­sively,” said Clip­pers Gen­eral Man­ager Dave Wohl, who spoke in place of Clip­pers Coach Doc Rivers. “But we love the com­pet­i­tive­ness and the tough­ness about him.”

The Clip­pers’ main fo­cus now is on keep­ing Jor­dan.

The sea­son ended with Rivers deny­ing re­ports that Jor­dan and Chris Paul had a beef with each other.

But other NBA of­fi­cials not au­tho­rized to speak pub­licly on the mat­ter said there in­deed is a rift be­tween Jor- dan and Paul.

The of­fi­cials said Jor­dan wants to be more in­volved in the of­fense and wants to be an All- Star, and he’s not sure whether those things can hap­pen on the Clip­pers with All­Stars Paul and Blake Grif­fin.

Dal­las Mav­er­icks for­ward Chan­dler Par­sons has been re­cruit­ing Jor­dan, the of­fi­cials said. The two have been hang­ing out to­gether in Jor­dan’s home­town of Hous­ton.

When free agency starts at 9: 01 p. m. PDT Tues­day, Jor­dan will be home in Hous­ton.

The of­fi­cials said four teams will visit Jor­dan at home — the Clip­pers, Lak­ers, Mav­er­icks and Mil­wau­kee Bucks.

The Clip­pers can of­fer Jor­dan the most se­cu­rity.

He can sign a f ive- year max­i­mum deal for $ 108 mil­lion with the Clip­pers. Other teams un­der the salary cap can of­fer Jor­dan a max­i­mum deal of four years for $ 80 mil­lion, with an opt- out clause af­ter the third sea­son.

Jor­dan can also sign a twoyear deal with the Clip­pers with a player op­tion for af­ter the 2016 sea­son, giv­ing him a start­ing salary of about $ 18.8 mil­lion for next sea­son.

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