In what has to go down as one of the strangest 24 hours in the history of the NBA, DeAndre Jordan will be an LA Clippers player next season.
The Flip Flop
It all started yesterday with rumors that Jordan - who had agreed to a four-year, $80-million contract with the Dallas Mavericks - was having second thoughts about leaving the Clippers and called them up.
That led to several players, coaches and executives from the Clippers travelling to Jordan's home in Houston and an emoji battle taking place between Chandler Parsons, J.J. Redick and Chris Paul.
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The Clippers got to Jordan's house first, and basically refused to leave until Jordan signed the contract with them. Apparently, Jordan agreed to return very quickly before the star center and the rest of the Clippers personnel just hung out - playing cards and ordering takeaway - until 12:01 AM when he could sign the contract.
What has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, however, is Jordan reportedly blocking calls from Mark Cuban and everyone else from the Mavericks, basically being a coward and refusing to tell them he was backing out on his word.
Jordan siged a four-year max deal for $87.7 million with an opt-out after the third season, basically the same deal that the Mavericks were offering him.
With the NBA’s moratorium at the start of free agency - the eight day period where teams and players could negotiate but no binding deal can be signed - left a desperate Clippers team an opening to get their man back.
Everything was so bizarre with Twitter being the place to be last night because so much was happening. This tweet from Blake Griffin - a joke on the rumor going round that the Clippers were keeping Jordan hostage until he signed - summed everything up.
ESPN should make a 30-for-30 about July 8th, 2015. There would be so much to talk about that it would have to be a three hour special. But in-depth interviews and revelations about what actually happened - from the Clippers and the Mavericks - would make for incredible television.