Clippers keep Jordan by matching offer

The Los Angeles Clippers have matched Golden State’s four-year,

$42.7 million offer for center DeAndre Jordan. The teams announced

the move Monday.

”He did a nice job for us last year. We’re expecting big things

from him,” coach Vinnie Del Negro said. ”DeAndre brings a

defensive presence for us, shot-blocking, he runs the court well,

he’s very young still, he’s only going to get better.”

Golden State signed Jordan to the offer sheet Sunday. As a

restricted free agent, the Clippers had three days to decide

whether to match the contract.

The 6-foot-11 Jordan has emerged as an athletic and promising

young center in three years in Los Angeles. He averaged 7.1 points

and 7.2 rebounds in 25 minutes per game last season.

The Warriors also unsuccessfully pursued former Dallas center

Tyson Chandler, watching him go to the New York Knicks.

Golden State hosts the Clippers in the regular-season opener

Dec. 25.