Now, they wait for the big man to determine if it was good enough to get him to leave a contender in Los Angeles.
Sources said that the Mavs impressed Jordan during their four-hour-plus meeting with the free-agent center on Wednesday morning. It came on the heels of a Tuesday night dinner with Dallas owner Mark Cuban, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and small forward/lead recruiter Chandler Parsons.
The Mavs’ contingent during the official presentation to Jordan also included coach Rick Carlisle, president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and athletic trainer Casey Smith. The meeting was held at the Beverly Hills office of Relativity Sports, which represents both Jordan and Parsons.
“Dallas set the bar high,” a source told the Los Angeles Times.
Sources told ESPN.com that Jordan was particularly impressed by Carlisle, who discussed in strategic detail how the Mavs would utilize the big man offensively. As ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported earlier this week, Jordan is intrigued by having a bigger role after being the third wheel behind Chris Paul and Blake Griffin for the Los Angeles Clippers.
“It really is too close to call,” a source told ESPN.com.
The Mavs’ contingent also met with free-agent power forward LaMarcus Aldridge before leaving Los Angeles, but sources do not anticipate Aldridge to seriously consider Dallas, likely choosing between the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.