How Can Mavs Pay DeAndre $100M Over 4 Years?
A major development in the Dallas Mavericks' pursuit of DeAndre Jordan (not counting his Chandler Parsons pool party): Jordan is interested in a series of short-term deals, as has been leaked by his representatives. Teams have gained knowledge of this, of course.
Dallas may have just shifted into the driver's seat.
What if DeAndre Jordan simply wants a five-year (fully-guaranteed) deal, period? Then he's staying with the Clippers. They are the only team that can do that.
Ah, but as we pondered back on June 3. ... What if he only wanted a one-year deal, in order to become a free agent again next summer when the cap will be much higher? Or a two- or three-year deal for the same reason?
Can the Mavs compete if those are the terms? How would all that fit into the negotiations?
We have some very precise answers.
Here is the short-hand look at one possibility:
The route to the biggest contract possible for Jordan (and for Lamarcus Aldridge and any other big fish) would be a one-year deal this summer (with a player option for a second year), followed by the same contract structure in the summer of 2016, and then a deal in the summer of 2017 using Early Bird rights. It would look something like this:
On one level, the agreement to this structure would be a huge win-win for both the Mavs and the player(s). It would solve the shortage in cap room for the Mavs in being able to get both Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge, as both players would fit in the $30-mil-ish of available cap room. (That's not a prediction of what WILL happen, just a cap fact.) And it also rewards the player with a huge upside, exceeding the $80 mil offer needed by 20-25 percent!
So yes. We've used LaMarcus here and we've used DeAndre here, demonstrating just one way to get them around $100 mil over four years ... but NOT by signing a four-year deal. Lots of negatives to this idea. But it does constitute yet another "yes'' answer when you ask your "can they?'' question regarding signing two big fish.
And more realistically, it constitutes a "yes'' answer when it comes to whether Dallas can, using some cleverness here, actually beat the system and negate the Clippers' built-in five-year advantage by arranging to pay Jordan $100 mil over four years ... all dependent, of course, on him wishing to be a Maverick.
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