It has been a difficult past few days for Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to say the least.
The 56-year-old has gone from believing he had secured the services of one of this year's top free agents, DeAndre Jordan, to watching the big man be effectively kidnapped by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, speaking publicly for the first time since Jordan's spectacular U-turn, Cuban has revealed his take on how events have panned out this week.
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In a message sent to social media app 'Cyberdust', Cuban revealed a surprising fact that may have led Mavericks fans to worry about DeAndre Jordan's commitment even before yesterday's developments:
"“I don’t think the time is right to say anything beyond the facts that he never responded to me at all yesterday," Cuban explained. "Not Once. To this minute I have not heard anything from him since Tuesday night."
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The revelation not only backs up reports that Jordan had been having second thoughts as early as Monday, but will fuel those critics who have called out the All-Star for a lack of class over his handling of the situation.
Of course Jordan, having not signed any contract with Dallas, had every right to change his mind. To do so without consulting the owner he had a verbal agreement with, though, will leave a bitter taste in the mouth of all Mavs fans - especially considering how the whole drama was played out in the public domain.
Setting the record straight
In the remainder of his Cyberdust message this morning Mark Cuban also revealed that he had given another of the team's free agency signings, Wes Matthews, the option to walk away from his own deal following Jordan's change of heart.
As he noted though, Matthews remains steadfast to the Dallas project:
“More importantly I told Wes that I would not hold him to his commitment if he wanted to go elsewhere.
"I can’t print his exact response, but suffice it to say he is excited to play for our Mavs:) Wes Matthews is exactly the type of player we want in a Mavs uniform and our Fans will love him."
Away from his open message to the fans, the Dallas Mavericks owner also took time to comment on a specific report from ESPN's Chris Broussard.
Broussard, documenting events as they unfolded last night, told his Twitters followers that Cuban was "beside himself" and was driving around aimlessly searching for DeAndre Jordan's house.
On learning of the report Cuban had his own message for Broussard today: