Chris Paul inks deal with Rockets, DeAndre Jordan ‘verbally’ commits to Mavericks

JR Isaga
Everyone who formed the Los Angeles Clippers' own version of the 'Big 3' has left

DIFFERENT DECISIONS. DeAndre Jordan (left) leaves the Los Angeles Clippers while Chris Paul stays with the Houston Rockets. Jordan photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP and Paul photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Lob City has officially crumbled.

DeAndre Jordan, the last remaining piece of the original “Lob City” squad that launched the Los Angeles Clippers to relevancy, has “verbally agreed” to a one-year, $24.1-million deal with the Dallas Mavericks, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>DeAndre Jordan and the Dallas Mavericks have verbally agreed on a one-year deal approaching the $24.1 million option with the Clippers for next season that Jordan relinquished Friday, according to league sources</p>&mdash; Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheSteinLine/status/1013272267973947392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Meanwhile, Jordan’s former court general Chris Paul has gotten his desired maximum contract to the tune of $160 million for 4 years, reported ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>All-Star Chris Paul will sign a four-year, $160M max contract to stay with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell ESPN.</p>&mdash; Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) <a href=”https://twitter.com/wojespn/status/1013270978917519362?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Jordan now joins a Dallas side suddenly brimming with potential, with EuroLeague Most Valuable Player Luka Doncic and All-Rookie Second Teamer Dennis Smith Jr forming an interesting backcourt pair. 

Harrison Barnes, Wesley Matthews, Seth Curry, JJ Barea, and the aging but still effective Dirk Nowitzki will be returning for the Mavericks next season.

On the other side of the feared Texas Triangle, Paul will be completing some “unfinished business” with newly-minted NBA MVP James Harden in Houston.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>UNFINISHED BUSINESS…RUN IT BACK <a href=”https://t.co/KwWcsp6lx6″>pic.twitter.com/KwWcsp6lx6</a></p>&mdash; Chris Paul (@CP3) <a href=”https://twitter.com/CP3/status/1013271051764158464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The Rockets were most notably one win away from the NBA Finals against the eventual champion Golden State Warriors until “CP3” tweaked his hamstring and sat out Games 6 and 7, which the Warriors quickly won.

On that note, paying the 32-year-old Paul $40 million a year until he’s 36 is a huge gamble on the part of the Rockets.

Over the last few years with the Clippers and now Houston, the “Point God” couldn’t answer fans’ prayers for an NBA championship due to recurring and untimely injuries. The same issue remains, now with a way heftier price tag.

We’ll let this fan sum it up:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Your whole career is unfinished business.</p>&mdash; B.B. King (@BBrilliant22) <a href=”https://twitter.com/BBrilliant22/status/1013271698366320640?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>July 1, 2018</a></blockquote>
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– Rappler.com