Free agent DeAndre Jordan is likely looking to sign a four-year deal that allows him to opt out after three seasons, which would nullify the Los Angeles Clippers’ advantage in keeping the center, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Sources, though, told ESPN that Jordan wants a bigger role in the offense and is tired of being a third wheel behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin with the team.
My face after I read this...
Hahahahahaha. Hold on. Give me a minute. Hahahahahaaha. I can't stress this enough. If DeAndre Jordan thinks he is going to do better than being the 3rd scoring option on an NBA basketball team he better be prepared to lose and lose a lot. I don't want to critique DeAndre too much because he is probably the best rebounder in the game and easily one of the best rim protectors. That should be enough. He's going to get the MAXIMUM amount that a player can get per year to do exactly what he is amazing at. The beauty of Jordan's game is that he probably isn't worth max money, but he's going to get it anyway. If Jordan didn't have Chris Paul as a teammate we would be talking about a guy that averages 6 points a game.
I think it's wonderful that he wants to expand his game to become an offensive threat. I also think it's wonderful when children want to be astronauts. Hell, I want to be DeAndre Jordan, but let's be honest, that's just not going to happen. Not everyone can be like Mike, and certainly not a guy that shoots 40% from the free throw line. The number one requirement of a primary scoring option is the ability to score, and I don't care how much he practices, it's an ability that he just simply does not have. He has zero post moves. Zero touch around the rim. Zero jump shot. And zero ability to hit a foul shot when he is actually able to use his athleticism to get to the line. I honestly can't think of a big man in the league that has less offensive potential. Put DeAndre's talent in Kendrick Perkins body and you have a guy that would barely be sniffing the D-League.
I don't ask for much DeAndre. Just a minuscule amount of self awareness. If you want to leave for 'greener pastures' because you like another roster better, or you want to move closer to your hometown than fine. However, don't leave the Clippers looking to suddenly become a 20 PPG player. It's not going to happen because it's not realistic. Even if teams tell you they will give the opportunity to become that they will have a change of heart once they see you play with your back to the basket for more than 5 seconds. If the requirements are a winning situation with the opportunity to average a double-double then the best scenario is the one you are already in. God blessed you with the ability to jump, dunk, and defend. Don't spit in his face by trying to become a scorer. The only way your contract becomes a bad one is if it is predicted on offensive ability.