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Report: Kobe Bryant called DeAndre Jordan to recruit him to Lakers


DeAndre Jordan is reportedly interested in being courted during free agency, and is expected to meet with the Lakers, Mavericks and Bucks in addition to considering a max offer to remain with the Clippers.

A rift reportedly exists between Jordan and Chris Paul, and that would undoubtedly need to be addressed before Jordan re-upped on a long-term deal to re-sign.

But another team’s superstar has no such issues with Jordan, and has reached out to him to begin the free agent recruitment process.

From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

Jordan’s first meeting will be on Wednesday with the Dallas Mavericks at the Beverly Hills offices of his representative, Relativity Sports, said NBA officials who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Jordan will meet with the Lakers and then the New York Knicks later in the day, the official said.

The Clippers, who will have Coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and a video presentation, will be the last team to meet with Jordan on Thursday, the officials said.

Jordan has gotten a call from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, the officials said. Bryant wanted Jordan to know the Lakers are interested.

The Mavericks and the Clippers remain the teams most likely to retain Jordan’s services. But if the Lakers are to be considered, having one of the greatest players of all time call personally to express the team’s interest can only help the cause.