The Los Angeles Clippers have not had a good time of things in free agency, missing out on most of their targets with 37-year old Paul Pierce being their only acquisition.
The Clippers come out of free agency in the negative overall, however, after losing star center DeAndre Jordan to the Dallas Mavericks.
Jordan signed a four-year, $80-million contract with the Mavericks at the weekend, ditching a sure-fire playoff team in the Clippers for a Dallas team that will be starting the 2015-16 season with a near-completely different roster.
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The Clippers were seemingly prepared to offer Jordan a max-deal to keep him in Los Angeles, so something must have happened for him to ditch the Clippers so quickly and head out to Texas.
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According to a report from ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz, the reason for DJ's departure is the complete breakdown in his relationship with Chris Paul. Jordan’s relationship with Paul soured considerably last year, with Jordan becoming a convenient scapegoat for the rest of the team whenever things went poorly.
According to Arnovitz, Jordan and Chris Paul had gotten into it more than once, which led Jordan to start seriously contemplating what it might be like to play elsewhere in 2015-16.
"He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan."
The kicker is that Paul didn't even bother to turn up for the Clippers meeting where they tried to persuade him to re-sign. Compare that to Dirk Nowitzki, who returned early from a family holiday to see the center and try to get him to sign for the Dallas Mavericks. Maybe that's the kind of teammate relationship Jordan wanted.
When you combine that with Chandler Parsons taking Jordan out for five nights in a row, you can see why ultimately it was an easy decision.