The Dallas Mavericks had a pair of dinners with prominent free agents in Los Angeles as free agency opened at midnight ET Wednesday, meeting with Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan and Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard Wesley Matthews, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN.com that small forward Chandler Parsons, power forward Dirk Nowitzki and owner Mark Cuban met with Jordan. The Mavs are attempting to persuade Jordan, a third-team All-NBA center who will receive a max contract, to leave the Clippers to be a focal point for the Mavs.
The Mavs and Jordan still plan to hold a previously scheduled meeting Wednesday morning, when coach Rick Carlisle's explanation of how he intends to use Jordan will be critical, a source said.
Carlisle and athletic trainer Casey Smith met with Matthews, sources said. Matthews is the Mavs' top target at shooting guard despite suffering a torn Achilles tendon in early March.
Parsons has been particularly relentless in recruiting Jordan, who is also represented by L.A.-based Relativity Sports and agent Dan Fegan. Parsons recently visited Jordan in Houston and traveled to L.A. after the draft to spend more face time with the big man. Matthews was also part of some of the informal gatherings with Parsons and Jordan, sources said.