The Los Angeles Clippers emerged from the early stages of free agency as one of the period's biggest losers after seeing DeAndre Jordan opt for a move to the Dallas Mavericks.
Losing their star big man to a Western Conference rival was so bad infact that it led J.J. Redick to grade the franchise's offseason as an "F."
But it doesn't look like the Clippers are willing to give up on Jordan just yet. Indeed, ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the Los Angeles team are involved in a plan that they hope leads to a startling U-turn in proceedings.
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With Jordan's decision to link up with the Mavericks not official until Thursday it is clear the Clippers are trying a final-hour play to rescue an extremely disappointing situation.
Just how exactly they plan to "lobby" DeAndre Jordan is unclear at this point. The player having reportedly opted against staying with the Clippers in part due to friction between himself and star man Chris Paul, so there would have to be some major adjustments if LA were to get the All-Star to perform a U-turn on his verbal commitment.
One more meeting?
The unwritten rule in the NBA concerning free agents that have verbally agreed to deals is that they are off limits. The mere fact, then, that the Clippers are going down this unorthodox path shows just how desperate they are not to lose a key figure on their roster.
Stein revealed in an article on ESPN.com that the franchise is hoping to speak to Jordan in Houston today, with head coach Doc Rivers and possible even team owner Steve Ballmer in attendance.
With an $80 million, four-year max deal on the table from Dallas it remains to be seen if DeAndre Jordan is able to be turned.
One ray of hope for the Clippers comes from another ESPN reporter, Chris Broussard. He claims that Jordan is still "unsure" and "torn" on his decision at this late stage.
Only time will tell whether the Clippers have any hope of retaining DeAndre Jordan's services but, with replacing him likely to be impossible in the short term, you can't blame the franchise for taking one last shot.
Clippers fans: Would you take DeAndre Jordan back after he already chose to leave? Have your say in the comments below...