Answering questions about DeAndre Jordan’s upcoming free agency

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***With DeAndre Jordan‘s free agency around the corner, here are the answer to some questions that’ll be asked at one point in time this off-season***

1 – How much can DeAndre Jordan earn in free agency this summer?

Apr 13, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Jordan Hamilton (1), center DeAndre Jordan (6) and guard Dahntay Jones (31) react to a dunk by guard Austin Rivers (not pictured) in the second half of the game against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Because DeAndre Jordan has pretty much ruled out the option of taking a one-year deal and reaping the benefits of the cap bloom in the summer of 2016, it’s safe to assume the big man is signing a long-term, wherever he decides to sign barring an unforeseen change.

Based on projections, the salary cap will sit at — or around — $67.1 million. With Jordan being an 8th year player, his max contract would will consume 30 percent of the cap (0-6 years = 25% of cap; 7-9 years = 30%; 10+ years = 35%). By my calculations, this means a five-year max deal from the Los Angeles Clippers for Jordan projects around $115 million; a four-year deal elsewhere projects around $86 million.

Here’s a year-by-year breakdown of a four- or five-year max deal:

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That’s a LOT of money!