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Home - How Jordan’s Return To Clippers Affects NBA Futures

  How Jordan’s Return To Clippers Affects NBA Futures

deandre jordanAs they say: until the ink has dried, nothing is for certain. The Dallas Mavericks found that out the hard way with center DeAndre Jordan, who spurned them at the last minute to return to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Mavericks, who were at one point deemed to be in the neighborhood of 20/1 assuming the acquisition of Jordan, now have dropped into the vicinity of 50/1. They’ve had a rough offseason and have very minimal pieces left on the roster. Wesley Matthews but he’s returning from an ACL injury and aside from him, the Mavs are looking at a core that involves an over-the-hill Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Raymond Felton and Devin Harris. Remember, the Mavs lost in the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs and have seemingly regressed, losing center Tyson Chandler to the Phoenix Suns and Al-Farouq Aminu to the Portland Trail Blazers.

As for the Clippers, they were deemed to be having a positive offseason with the additions of Lance Stephenson and Paul Pierce. And last year’s first-round pick, C.J. Wilcox, had a really nice start to Summer League. Remember, this is a team that won 56 games last season and was a piece or two away from being a title contender. It looks like they got those pieces…but all would have been for not without Jordan back. Last night, a slew of Clippers players and management flew to his house and convinced him to stay and as soon as midnight struck, he re-signed. As a result, the Clippers are in the neighborhood of 15/1 on the NBA betting lines to win next year’s championship as only the Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder are bigger favorites.

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