SAN ANTONIO — Knicks center DeAndre Jordan doesn’t have much love lost for the Mavericks, who traded him amid his first season in Dallas.
Asked to reflect on his pulling an Anthony Barr five years ago and reneging on a city after agreeing to terms as a free agent, Jordan doesn’t have an ounce of regret.
Much like star linebacker Barr did to the Jets this week to re-sign with the Vikings, Jordan backed out of a Mavericks free-agent deal in 2015 to return to the Clippers. At the time, it was a blockbuster reversal as Jordan was an All-NBA defensive monster.
“It wasn’t tough,’’ Jordan said after Thursday’s practice. “I made a decision for me and my family. I’m not making the decision for fans. You should never do that … No [regrets] at all.”
In fact, Jordan, 30, said he doesn’t feel he was at fault in any way.
“I don’t think I made a mistake,’’ Jordan said. “At that time I really was interested in Dallas. After I sat down and thought about it and gave it some more time, I was interested in wanting to stay in LA with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers, coach] and that team that we had.’’
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban fumed but still signed him this summer. Cuban got the last laugh and shipped Jordan to the tanking Knicks. Jordan is a free agent again this summer and perhaps could be part of the future in New York if his buddy Kevin Durant comes
Jordan said New York could be a free-agent destination.
“[David Fizdale] is trying to create a culture, a culture of winning, a culture of habits, doing things the right way,’’ Jordan said. “It’s a process. That’s something that he’s trying to instill in the young guys. It’s really good to see. It’s a great town, it’s a sports town. Basketball’s big there. The fans are amazing. They’re also critical, which is good. I think it’s a great place to play basketball.’’
With Jordan gone, the Mavericks have lost 12 of 13 games to fall to the league’s sixth-worst record.
“Good for them,’’ Jordan said. “I don’t care about that team anymore. I was there for three months, why would I care about that?”
The Knicks earned one of their 13 victories versus San Antonio last month at the Garden, so Friday’s rematch will be a challenge, as the sixth-place Spurs (39-29) fight for their playoff lives.
“They’ll be ready to play,’’ Fizdale said. “I’m sure they remember they gave one to us — the worst team in the league — and they’re going to try to get it back,” David Fizdale said. For us, we want to build on that and seek a possible season sweep.”
Though Mario Hezonja (bone bruise) is expected back after missing 11 games, PG Frank Ntilikina (groin) doesn’t look like a good bet for Sunday versus the Lakers. Ntilikina only participated in three-on-three contact drills at practice but and skipped the five-on-five scrimmage. … Dennis Smith Jr. is questionable with sore lower back.